You know that you, as a creative and citizen of the planet, have made an impact when your tragic passing evokes such an acute pang of sadness by so many millions of people around the world – people who you’ve never even met.
Admittedly, news of Robin Williams’ passing didn’t really hit me until after my meetings and tasks for the day were complete. Until that moment, it was just a flurry of screengrabs and portraits of the actor along with memorable quotes (this post notwithstanding) and a trending hashtag. It wasn’t until my brain downshifted gears that the sad news hit me. I’d never met Robin but I can tell you that his work as a comedian and actor, as well as his plights as a person suffering from depression, have had a very strong impact on me personally. The world lost a truly monumental figure today.
I hope you’ve found your peace, Robin.