"I used to think that the worst thing in life was to end up alone. It's not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel alone."
On Tuesday 11th August 2014, the world lost Robin Williams, a funny, generous and seemingly bubbly and happy man. How did we lose him? Unfortunately, he didn't die because of natural causes. Depression plagued him and he took his life.
Robin Williams put depression in the spot light. He showed us that depression truly does not discriminate and even someone as successful, well-known and funny, can be haunted by this uninvited poltergeist.
In light of this, I would like to dedicate this weeks blog to Robin Williams with a short poem that I wrote in his memory. Sorry that it's slightly delayed and I hope you enjoy it. Also remember, if you are feeling sad, depressed or lonely, there are organisations like LifeLine, Beyond Blue, R U OK? and HeadSpace who offer professional services to help you. And if you can't reach them, pick up the phone and dial a friend. You might not be playing Who Wants To Become a Millionaire, but your life is one worth saving, living and listening to.
And without further a do, I present to you the poem.
Robin Williams, R.I.P.
The brightest human we've ever seen
A star so bright, it still shines on
To infinity and days beyond
Why did the demons haunt you so?
And yet you hid them for our delight
You gave us so much warmth and sight
Robin Williams, you gave us hope
You made us speak about our inner woes
You gave us strength, when we had none
You made us see beyond the stars
Robin Williams, please rest in peace
May your story help us live
May your life inspire ours
To be open about what makes us frown
Because no one can ever kill your gift
And the legacy with which you've lived
And we hope one day to replicate
At least an ounce of what you've made
So here it is, from me to you
A departing gift with servitude
I hope where-ever you may be
You're still smiling for us to see
By Anna Krjatian
Written in memory of Robin Williams and his legacy.
P.S. I cannot believe you're gone.