A letter of apology to our future children

I am sorry that you have to grow up in a world without Robin Williams.

It seems nothing short of cruel that you have to face this brutal world without one of the greatest comedic geniuses who could always find a way to evoke unadulterated laughter.

I’m sorry that you won’t get to meet a soldier who fought in WWII (like my grandfather). You won’t get to hear first-hand how they boldly stood up against Hitler and his Nazi regime – and with it, all of the world’s immorality and injustice.

I’m sorry that the buzz and glow of technology may blot out the sunrise before you are old enough to truly appreciate its beauty.

I’m sorry that our generation and the generations before us have – at times – allowed greed, anger, hatred, and ignorance to prevail. That sometimes we simply can’t find a way to get along.

But along with this sorrow, I would like to point out glimmers of hope. I hear hope in quotes that are now circulating from Robin Williams’ movies. I have personal hope that his death will shine a light on the terrible mental illness that is depression, and that it will soon become a treatable disease.

I feel hope when people band together to help those in need, to fight for a good cause, or even to say goodbye to a legend.

I see it in street art, in creativity, in individualism. I see it in those who refuse to let life define them, but rather, choose to define life.

I have hope that we don’t dwell on sadness, but embrace it and force it into fuel for greatness.

I know it’s not quite so black and white, but I believe the future can be saved. To do my part, I ask a few favors of you:

  • Find something you believe in and stand your ground. Because without personal ideals and principles, you will never truly know yourself.
  • Reach out if you are feeling lost. And reach out to others who might look a little lost. Life isn’t a journey to be made alone.
  • Choose your idols wisely. Don’t choose them because they are thin, or pretty, or famous for being famous. Choose them because they make a difference.
  • Watch Hook. Never let that cinematic masterpiece fade away.
  • Assume at least a piece of the responsibility that Robin Williams left us. Fill our world with laughter.

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“Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” – Robin Williams as John Keating, Dead Poets Society

“Comedy is acting out optimism.” – Robin Williams

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” – Robin Williams

 

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