The world just got a little sadder

SAD.

Sad, sad, sad. That’s the only emotion I can muster up today.

Truth be told, I’ve been feeling this way for a while. Recent months have filled our newspapers, web browsers and social media feeds with a continuous stream of tragic and distressing news.


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Commercial jet planes bombed out of the sky, or vanishing into thin air.

Slaughter and tragedy in Syria, Israel and Gaza, as thousands upon thousands of men, women and children are killed and persecuted in wars we don’t fully understand.

And closer to home, just this week, a 26-year-old tourist died after falling off a highrise balcony in Surfers Paradise.

But yesterday morning, the world got a little bit sadder, as we woke up to the news that Robin Williams had died.

Celebrity deaths really hit home in a surreal, all-too-familiar way, don’t they?

We don’t personally know celebrities, but we know enough about them to feel a personal connection.

Most of us have grown up being entertained by Robin Williams for years, if not decades, and while I can’t speak for everyone, I kind of took it for granted that he’d continue to surprise and delight us on the big screen for years to come.

It’s hard to fathom that he’s gone, as he just seemed so… vital. So full of energy and wit, so clever, so manic.

It’s even more heartbreaking to consider Robin in his last moments; to think of a man so accomplished, cherished and loved the world over, but to whom the world seemed such a dark place he could no longer imagine his place within it.

A friend, speaking from personal experiences, posted the following message on Facebook today. It was a poignant and powerful reminder that no-one in this life is immune from anything, least of all crippling depression:

“Depression is a deep-down belief that can be stronger than any of the other beliefs you plaster over it, a belief that you are nothing and worth nothing and everything is worth nothing and there is nothing ahead. It lies.”

Poor Robin. Wherever he is now, I hope he’s at peace. To those who wage war against their inner demons, I hope you find your way back to the surface.

Support is available by phoning Lifeline 13 11 14; Mensline 1300 789 978; Kids Helpline 1800 551 800.

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