We're late to the game on this. Not because we didn't hear about it, or that the Write Idea Workshop has relocated to under a rock, but more so because, at least I (Ryan) personally have been in a bit of a state of shock and grief since learning about Robin Williams passing. Like for a (not-so) surprising many people across America and the world, the news that Robin Williams died hit like a ton of bricks. Some of us are just now getting to our feet in the wake of it. That's not to say that I'm over it. Robin Williams wasn't some fly-by-night starlet who crashed and burned with the likes of Marilyn Monroe or James Dean, or some other person to be known for only a handful of things in their time on this earth. Robin Williams was a force for good on this planet, and his loss will reverberate through the culture for years to come.
While I wish we had some piece or interview for even a moment with Mr.Williams, we do not. However, Marc Maron recorded an interview with Robin and has recently reposted it here
If you're feeling the loss, if you can't get a hold of one of his movies and would like to hear some amazing chatter with Robin Williams, I highly recommend checking out that interview.
I don't want to get deeply into the many ways I've related to Robin Williams and his movies over the years, because it would take far too much time (I'm writing this at my day job) and frankly I've shared some struggles with Robin I'm not quite comfortable talking with on the podcast or in this article. Suffice to say, Robin Williams has always been an inspiration to me. He exemplified putting your all into any given performance or creative endeavor and making magic from it. I'm certain I'm among the many who wished they could thank Robin personally for all he's given to the world:to the soldiers he entertained and respected, to the creatives he inspired, to the countless children he brought joy to... There is so much this one man has accomplished in 63 years. All the rest of us can do is aspire to try and fill the hole he's leaving with love and joy and respect for our fellow humans, try to make the world as bright as it was when he was among us living here.
Deepest condolences go out to all those who knew Robin personally, to his family and friends, and to all those who are still struggling with depression.