“You — you alone will have the stars as no one else has them. In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing, when you look at the sky at night…You — only you — will have stars that can laugh.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery “The Little Prince”
The above quote says so much about the late Robin Williams. Even though I never met him, he touched my life in many ways, as he has done with many people and that’s one of the reasons why his death is rattling people all over the world. Comedian and actor Robin Williams played characters that were easy to connect with and, as a child, I grew up watching his movies. He seemed like everyone’s uncle and had no enemies but his shocking death just proves that you don’t know what happens behind closed doors and not to judge a person until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.
This is also a great opportunity to educate more people on what exactly mental illness is. A lot of the time, people cannot help what they feel, especially in regards to mental illnesses such as depression, OCD, anxiety, and other major illnesses. A lot of the time, you won’t even notice when someone is “ill” until it’s either too late or is almost too late. Mental illness is not something to be taken lightly. It is just as deadly as any other disease and a lot of the times people are afraid to come out for help out of fear of discrimination. Mental illness is a hormone deficiency, nothing that the victim can help. Mental illness is just like any other sickness but for some reason people are more closed-minded about these diseases. Because we/they don’t understand them.
Hopefully, with this stupefying death people will become more open to those who ask for help to their mental sickness.
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