Robin Williams

Hello and welcome to the blog. My name is Paul Durante, and for once in my life as an attention seeking mediocre blog post slinging, silly video pushing, meaningless tweet dispensing child of the internet, I will not be pushing any of my creative endevours. At least not in this post. No, todays post is of a much more solemn nature. So without further ado, let’s give a brief eulogy to a man that left well before he should have.
As most of you probably know, the great Robin Williams has passed away. He was, and will always be the face and voice of a tremendous body of work that appealed to all ages. He left this world in a way that you would not wish upon your worst enemy, let alone an icon such as Williams. Unofortunately even in the short span of time since his passing was revealed, I have encountered a tremendous amount of misinformed or misguided comments on the means of his passing. The question “What did he have to be depressed about,” is a ridiculous one. Depression is internal, not external. It doesn’t matter what you have or what you have done, you aren’t immune to it. What Mr. Williams did was not a decision, it was the product of years of suffering. Now of course you can always make the choice to live, but depression is a sickness, as are thoughts of suicide. So don’t question his motives or reasons, and don’t think of his passing when you remember him. Think of Genie. Think of Peter Pan. Think of the Dead Poets Society, and the sweet therapist from Good Will Hunting. Think of Robin Williams, the man, and all the wonderful moments of laughter that he provided throughout the course of his tremendous career.


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Posted on August 12, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Losing him was such a blow to my heart.. I had planned on ending my life that day. It was earlier in the day before I even knew. There were a series of calls I took that day which helped me change my mind. I had been suffering for so long I was at the end of my rope. I wanted out of this crap called my life. There was too much going on for me to deal anymore. When I found out about his passing I cried. I cried for hours because I knew about his suffering and I understood why he did what he did. That day I was there too. I was ready to put an end to the madness inside my head.

    Thank you for sharing this with us.


    • Hi Kathy! I find your story very moving, as well as troubling. Do people from your every day life know what almost happened? Your life matters a great deal, and while it is not your fault that you have felt that way, talking out your problems can sometimes do a great deal of good.

      • My entire family knows and so does my therapist. I was honest. I suffer from bipolar disorder, PTSD, severe depression and severe anxiety.

        I take my meds but sometimes things just get to me too much either one way or an other…

        Thank you for your message. I’m much better these days although today I am a bit manic.

      • I am sorry for the late response. I’ve been away for awhile dealing with things.

        My family knows what I almost did. My oldest daughter (25) was very upset with me and even angry. I’ve tried to explain it to her but she does not understand. My boyfriend was very upset and worried for me.

        I am better now. I still don’t mind dying but I do not want to be the person who takes my life.

        Thank you for your response and again I’m sorry it took so long to respond.

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