This One Hit Me
August 11, 2014
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First thing this morning, I read Aussa Lorens’ latest. I was already to write a post about it. About who reads my blogs and who reads yours and what do you do about that. But, then I heard that Robin Williams died.
I am somebody who is so averse to celebrity worship and all of the attention we pay to “famous” people, but this one hit me. I never worshipped Mr. Williams and didn’t really follow him except for growing up watching Mork & Mindy, and spending my adult life seeing him in the movies, clips of his stand-up, and his occasional appearances on talk shows. If you have a chance, go to YouTube and type in Robin Williams Stand Up. Spend a few minutes with him. You’ll come away laughing.
The man was amazing, never stopping his search for a laugh. And I think that’s what struck me about him. I always had the sense that he was filled with sadness, that he was a tragedy waiting to happen. Even when he was laughing, his eyes told a different story. I think he was a little boy in a man’s body constantly searching for love and approval the only way he knew how. By trying to make us laugh. He succeeded at that. Making us laugh at least. It appears he didn’t get the love and approval he needed. Which is a shame.
He was in a movie that is and always will be one of my favorites. Dead Poets Society. I’ve always thought he was the rare comedian who was even better at dramatic roles and this movie proves it. It’s a masterpiece. Here is one of my favorite scenes from the movie, which conveniently enough is titled on YouTube “My favorite scene from Dead Poet’s Society.
It’s interesting, as I struggle with my internal editor blocking the flow of words for me, I find that scene even more compelling because if it’s about anything it’s about that little voice that lives inside all of us. The voice that tells us not to try, not to put ourselves out there. That tries to convince us that we are not worthy.
And, here’s the final scene from the movie.
As somebody in the twittersphere suggested, we should all be standing on our desks tonight.
Seize the day. Make your lives extraordinary.