My Eulogy to Robin Williams

Waking up this morning, I felt fairly good. I’ve been trying to cram in my lie-ins before I have to be greeted by a pitch-black sky through the cracks of my eyes to get ready for my last year of school.

My memory is hazy through the first part of this morning. I vaguely remember my brother looking fairly well, after dealing with his traumatic food poisoning the day before. It’s like the sounds have been engraved into his and my head. I recall my new alarm, an app called CARROT(squared) making me do tedious tasks in an effort to wake me up as I tried to turn of its slowly rising tones.

I think my memory becomes very clear when I started to check my vine feed. “Vines” are six-second videos that are made up of different clips. The first one was of Disney’s Aladdin. I heard the famous first lines of the genie. I smiled as nostalgic memories swam delicately around my head. I didn’t read the description. It was the second vine that I saw that had my smile drop. This time, I read the description. It was simple and to the point:

“RIP”

I vividly remember my first thought, my reaction that I believe I shared with everyone else who heard the news: It can’t be true. The crystal-clear memory comes: turning on the news to confirm the inevitable.

The picture is of Robin Williams. His name is called as he wins the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for 1997’s Good Will Hunting. His speechlessness gaze rests on the Award, which is tightly gripped in his hands. His joyful laugh is muffled by the roaring applause of the room. He gives his thanks, but not without putting in a few witty side-comments, that are greeted with the laughter of the onlooking audience. I wonder now, seventeen years on, where that joy has gone now.

It is no question that Robin Williams is a phenominal actor, who’s talent as an actor lead him to improvise effective comedy and create more serious and gritty characters in his films. However, even with his dark roles, we still saw the humour subtly hiding behind his clever, thought-provoking words.

While having rocky relationships, the love for his children was undying, and his bonds with his friends were unbreakable. A caring man, his charity work has helped many organisations, being the founder of the Windfall Foundation. It is hard to think of a man who created so much happiness to be feeling so alone himself. It is a shame that he never fully realised the love that others had for him, from his family, to his fans.

I was amazed by the response from other people today. I chuckled at the numerous people that reinacted his Mrs Doubtfire’s cake scene. It makes me happy to see the people keeping in high spirits, spreading Williams’ comedy with others. It is what Robin Williams would of, and did do, after making his friend Christopher Reeves laugh the first time after his horse-riding accident.

I have heard countless amounts of times the respect other people in the industry have shown towards Williams. People like Mel Gibson and Jackie Chan each share their condolances, remembering him for… well, just being him. Robin seems like a man who can make anyone admire him, and also create happiness wherever he goes.

My relationship with Robin may not be as strong as other fans. I haven’t seen many of his more famous films like Good Will Hunting and One Hour Photo, I haven’t actively followed his activity as an actor or on a social media page, but I am happy of what I have shared with the actor. I watched Mrs Doubtfire a number of times with my family. I remember a certain zany blue genie entertaining me as a child. I have the collection of Good Morning Vietnam on my iPod, which I listened to as a kid in my room, feeling like a crazy rebel that I’m listening to it after bed-time.

Sure, I bet other people have a lot more memories about Williams than I do, but that doesn’t make it any less of a reason for me not to write this post. To me, I think he deserves all the respect he can get. I dedicate this post to not only a great comedian, but a great person.

Robin Williams: you will be sorely missed.

I need to work up some stuff on this post like italics, but I’m working on my iPad at the moment which limits what I can do to edit. I wish you all a good night.

Vinci

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