Aug. 11th, 2014


Aug. 11th, 2014 11:13 pm
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To die, to sleep.
To sleep, perchance to dream.
Ay, there's the rub.
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil
Must give us pause.

There's nothing I can say that hasn't been said by hundreds of thousands, no, millions of people already. But this is for me.

The world is a sadder place today with the passing of Robin Williams, who entertained, raised, guided, and moved generations of people in a long career and a life ended too soon. But it will not be sadder forever. How can it be? When the light and laughter he brought to us is given to us again and again, recorded, uploaded, replayed, replayed, replayed.

It is sad today, and the world feels the loss. But that in itself is heartening, to see how endless the condolences and remembrances are, to know none of us is feeling the loss alone.

Like everyone the world over, Robin was a constant in every stage of my life. In childhood, through Aladdin, Jumanji, and Mrs. Doubtfire. Adolescence, through Hook, Good Morning Vietnam and What Dreams May Come. And adulthood--Good Will Hunting, whatever old Robin Williams movie happened to be on TV that day, and the delightfully vulgar standup routines on Youtube, now that we're old enough to get all the jokes.

It's why he worked for everybody, and why everybody mourns today.

I've lived in the San Francisco Bay Area my entire life. It was always a dream of mine to run into Robin Williams in San Francisco somewhere. It's hard knowing that not only will that dream never come true, but that it's a dream I can no longer even hold on to.

So many of his movies stick with me to this day. What Dreams May Come introduced me to an afterlife I never imagined possible, but one that I deeply, dearly hope to be real. To know that there is a place we will go after the end, where we fulfill the dreams we weren't able to in life. To be able to choose to stay there, or to take that beautiful, terrible plunge back into mortality.

Robin, wherever you are, may it be everything you couldn't find down here. Maybe we'll meet there someday.


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