I woke up this morning to the sad new that one of my life long idols had passed away having sadly lost his long fight with depression.
Robin Williams was quirky, eccentric, versatile and above all extremely funny!
I think what we all need to remember and get from this in that everyone has a story behind the picture, behind the façade, everyone has struggles and depression is one of the hardest, at times its unexplainable, it catches when you least expect, when to the outside world you should be happy, you should be okay.
But the reality is it can pull you down, sit there on your shoulder niggling away at your doubts and insecurities, your very sense of self until life itself is too much to bare.
So the next time you ask someone "How are you?" mean it! really let that person know that you want to hear what they have to say, you could make a difference and if you or someone you know needs some extra support ask for help, lets take away the stigma still attached to talking about mental health.
Reality is just a crutch for people who can't cope with drugs. Robin Williams.
For now I think it a fitting tribute to just remember the Genius that was Robin Williams, for me my favourite movies were.. well lets face it they were all pretty good but It has to be, in no particular order, Hook, Moscow on the Hudson, Mrs Doubtfire, Mork and Mindy (nanoo nanoo), Good Morning Vietnam, His stand up performances particularly live at The Met (pure Genius) and of course Dead Poets Society! so I will leave you with this......