I was sitting on my boat, my favorite thing to do. With the bright afternoon sun shining on my face, as usual a sense of calm, peace and happiness. It is the simple things like this that I try to enjoy and remember in moments like this that I am so grateful to be alive.
I innocently turn to Facebook, and an instant blow to my heart my eyes fill with tears and I experience an overwhelming sense of pain. No I did not know Robin Williams.
The world is struggling with shock and disbelief that someone so talented, funny, amazing, wealthy, successful, popular and loved, with everything to live for, could end their own life. And once again everyone has an opinion. This is something I do understand.
Nine minutes I believe, yes nine whole minutes, before celebrity Todd Bridges publicly announced that Robin Williams was a coward. Since then much has been said, including some publicly harassing his poor daughter Zelda on social media. Does this surprise me? I am afraid to say no it does not.
Maybe I should be delighted that there are some that simply have no idea. Their lives must be just a little better than ours. That is a good thing. After all, I wouldn’t want others to know, to really experience the depths and horrors of addiction and or depression. Or the despair of suicide being a viable option.
So, am I shocked that people in this world, including other celebrities have such an overpowering opinion that they can’t keep to themselves? No, of course not. After all, mere days after my own brother passed away due to an addiction someone we both know very well said right to me, “Your brother was a junkie and deserved to die. He had more than enough chances.”
What amazes me is that we live in a world that doesn’t tolerate bullying, discrimination or hate and yet somehow those rules do not apply to those with a mental illness or addiction. To intentionally (yes it would be intentional) hurt family member even more by harsh criticisms when they too, right now, this very minute, are also struggling to survive. I do not understand.
For Zelda Williams, my heart aches for you, and you can rise above. You see, what has happened these last few days is not about your fathers character, but for those like Todd Bridges, the twitter fools, and others, it speaks volumes to theirs.