As I write this, it’s been almost twenty-four hours since all of us learned of the death of actor-comedian Robin Williams, who rose to stardom starring in TV’s Mork & Mindy, and later achieved great success in hit films like Good Morning, Vietnam, Dead Poets’ Society, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Good Will Hunting (the last-named film for which he won an Academy Award).
Williams’ unexpected and tragic death serves as a reminder of the many struggles that he faced throughout his life – not unlike the struggles that all of us face daily. At the same time, we should remember both the man and his limitless talent – and how he brightened the lives of not only those he entertained, but also those who knew and loved him best. And that’s the kind of legacy that’s more powerful and influential than even the most harrowing of agonies.
Rest in peace, Robin Williams. We’ll never forget you.