Similar circumstances don’t always lead to similar outcomes.
This morning, I was listening to the radio on my way to school and was driven into great anger.
The radio host asked listeners if there was ever a celebrity that let them down and people were calling in speaking of all of the celebrities that let them down by doing illegal things, such as Bill Cosby and the like.
Then one person came on the air and said that Robin Williams was a great let down to her. Robin Williams, someone who hid what he felt through humor and great acting–he was her greatest disappointment. A celebrity, that through his pain just wanted to make people happy.
Her reasoning behind this was that she had suffered from depression and she felt like he took the easy way out.
This is a problem!
Depression is still so misunderstood that people believe that everyone should be the same. I have depression, and you may have depression and the person sitting across the room at Starbucks may have depression, but guess what? We all may have different severities and abilities to cope.
So, Robin Williams might have felt so hopeless and alone that he ultimately gave up and committed suicide, but should you be disappointed in Robin Williams because you think he gave up a great life of acting and left his family and friends?
It’s a tragedy, that this happened the way that it did but you shouldn’t be disappointed in him. You should be disappointed in the society that missed all of the signs. You should be frustrated that there is such a stigma around mental illness people are afraid to reach out. You should be a lot of things but you shouldn’t be disappointed in the person.
You should feel for the people who have lost their loved ones and you should pray for them.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not angry at the person who was voicing her opinion, I’m just angry with how society works as a whole and how even in 2018 mental illness is greatly misunderstood.
If you are struggling, try to remember that you are not alone and you will never be alone.
Reach out for help if you need it:
National Suicide Lifeline- 1800-273-8255