When I was first diagnosed, many years ago, there were people who would rattle off celebrity figures who were known to have herpes. Among those celebrities was Robin Williams.
At a time when I felt so completely alone, Robin Williams was one person I could related to. In my mind, if Robin could live with it, I could too!
As news of his passing swept across the feeds of Twitter and Facebook, my heart ached. Here was a man who dedicated his life to making the world laugh. I have to wonder how many times he appeared so happy and full of comedy, was he breaking inside?
As a person who loves words; loves to write, I found myself failing to find just the right words to describe Robin Williams and what he meant to me, and obviously the world. I have read statements from other celebrities who knew the man on a personal level, I read comments from his fans from around the world – still, nothing stuck me as adequate, until I read the statement from President Obama. Whether it was written by our President or by his speech writer, it doesn’t matter, what matters is, that statement captured the very essence of the man, the actor, the friend, the American icon, Robin Williams.
Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most – from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets. The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin’s family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams.
Of all the parts he played, of all the appearances he made, Robin Williams will forever be the man I most related to, and who gave me strength to become an outspoken, STD advocate striving to educate the world and do whatever I could to break through the social stigmas that send so many people into hiding behind their own walls of depression.