“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.”
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow –
It was heartbreaking to read, in the early hours of this morning, of the loss of the incredibly talented Robin Williams, reportedly by taking his own life.
A man who brought so much joy, laughter and fun to the world. A man who’s incredible talent seemed boundless. A man who had the ability to touch our hearts both with his humour and also with his acute observation and display of raw human emotion within his dramatic roles.
How can someone who appeared so full of life and joy no longer be with us?
So many of the tributes I have seen have echoed a similar sentiment – no one knows what storms lie beneath the face a person presents to the world. Robin Williams knew his demons and his publicist had stated that the star had been battling another bout of severe depression recently.
Depression. That silent, soul-sucking, life-destroying illness that affects millions of people on our beautiful planet. How dare you claim yet another beautiful soul!
If you, reading this right now, are worried about someone in your life, please put down your laptop/phone/iPad, and go and ask them if they are okay. Right now. Ask them if there is anything you can do for them. Let them know you are there for them. And be there for them.
Matt Haig wrote in his incredible blog piece, ‘Reasons To Stay Alive’:
“You are in a dark, dark land with a population of millions.”
If you, reading this right now, are battling with this darkness, please hold on. Please know you are not alone. Please know there are so many reasons to stay here with us.
Your battle is yours alone, but there are people ready to walk the battlefield with you. This season that you are in will not last forever, even though I know right now you can’t see an end to it, please know that this too shall pass.
There is joy waiting for you at the end of this night. There is light and hope at the end of this night. Please hold on, keep fighting, and reach out if you can. There are people waiting to hold your hand.
”Your mind is a galaxy. More dark than light. But the light makes it worthwhile. Which is to say, don’t kill yourself. Even when the darkness is total. Always know that life is not still. Time is space. You are moving through that galaxy. Wait for the stars.”
from ‘The Humans’ by Matt Haig
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