A Legacy Remains


As a young man, the Venn diagram that summed up my psychology included (among many others) two large circles–Family Loss and Hero Worship. The resulting intersection of these circles was a deep well, in which inexplicably powerful figures presided over a glittering cosmos of breathtaking possibilities. Robin Williams lived here, for me. He showed me that being different and odd wasn’t a burden. It was fuel. A license to push boundaries, to make people laugh. He showed me the power of comedy.

I have stared into shadows, in others and in myself, and I’m here to tell you that what you see down there doesn’t have to be faced alone. I saw a therapist for a time, and it turned my entire world upside down. In many ways, the battle never ends, but you can take steps to change how it is fought.

If you live in Australia like me, and you’re having problems, I recommend the following links:
beyondblue (or call 1300 22 4636)
Lifeline (or call 13 11 14)

If you live elsewhere, I recommend finding a service nearby, a suicide hotline, anything. Find someone to talk to. Believe me, it’s worth it.