“If you listen real close you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen, you hear it? – – Carpe – – hear it? – – Carpe, carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.” – John Keating (Robin Williams), The Dead Poets Society, 1989
Throughout Robin Williams’ life he has taught infinite lessons; living with intent and enjoyment not just on screen but in his common conversations and his life duties. Williams performed admirable acts of kindness for many, taking time from his day to visit with people battling cancer, donating to causes, and playing an important role at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Sometimes to feel a pain so deeply is a powerful consciousness awakening individual’s to the understanding that spreading joy is vital, perhaps it is exactly the reason why we are here. Over and over he welcomed us into the positive pieces of his perception and shielded us from his battles. Mrs. Doubtfire, Peter Pan, Genie, and so many more were all heroes just like the actor himself whom put the happiness of others before that of his own. To expose a heart so generous takes extreme bravery and for that, we as fans are grateful. His roles as a teacher, doctor, woman, and friend describe his incredible knack for empathy, to understand these roles and to feel as they do.
Robin Williams had a heart of a thousand characters and to lose such a talented man is a tragic loss to all. He taught us, “No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”
“You know that place between sleep and awake? The place where you can still remember dreaming? That’s where I will always love you, Peter Pan. That’s where I will be waiting.” – Tinkerbell to Peter Pan, Hook, 1991