Right now when the world needs to laugh more than ever one of its brightest lights has gone out with the death of the great Robin Williams. If the definition of “genius” is to change a field forever; this artist was such a thing. In an age of Kardashians, reality television and people who are famous for having money, zero talent and plastic body parts; the world needs to return to what true talent is and the virtue of an actual supreme artist.
As Doreen Virtue says, “Earth is not an easy assignment,” and for those of us who are highly sensitive and who are prone to Depression, it can, at times become unbearable. I, like so many of you grew up with Robin Williams; he has always been a part of our lives, almost like a member of the family in his familiarity and spirit. For me, my favourite performance of his has and will always be his first feature role in “The World According to Garp”. Every moment is authentic, heart wrenching and acutely in tune to truthful emotion. Acting isn’t easy, and great acting when it’s raw and and accessible is actually a phenomenon. Watch him in any of his performances and you are watching one of the greats.
I never got to meet him, but I’ve known people that have and the stories they have shared have been of a humble, generous and modest person; despite the public persona. He supported many emerging and established artists both well known and emerging.I missed seeing him in Mill Valley, California 2010, by two weeks- where he performed to an intimate audience in a local theatre. Friends of ours said he was extraordinary and the best live performance they’d ever seen.
For so many performers the lightness and darkness are places that most people never really examine. This death has brought to light the struggle people have even who at the greatest heights of success have within themselves. It has shone a spotlight on the stigma of mental illness and has made it easier to have a conversation about depression. The stigma of mental illness has to stop. As Ruby Wax said in her TED talk, you don’t tell people with cancer to “pull yourself together”- it’s a disease people!”
We need to learn from this tragedy, because it is a tragedy, that;
1.Fame, success and wealth doesn’t mean anything if you are not happy within yourself
2. Compassion is the greatest gift you can give yourself if you or they are suffering
3. True artists work hard and tirelessly at their craft- the fifteen minutes of fame is wafer thin, unsustainable and essentially meaningless
4. Robin Williams gave all he had to each performance, in every moment and his extraordinary body of work is a testament to his artistry
5. Depression is a global epidemic. Let’s all have a conversation about it today.
Love and Light to a true genius,
May Your suffering have ended-
We will remember you and Your Sublime Gifts
In Your Legacy of Extraordinary Performances-
Much Love xx