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Invisible Illnesses Can Affect ANYONE

The world lost a very funny, heartfelt, talented icon yesterday morning and I am sure many of us are still in shock that Robin Williams has passed.  My first memory of Robin Williams was seeing re-runs of the show Mork and Mindy in which he played an alien.  I was extremely young but for some reason I do remember the show being on our television in the morning.  He has played so many different characters in some of the most famous movies of all time.  Although, most of his performances were comedy based he also starred in some of my favorite dramatic films such as Awakenings and Dead Poet’s Society.  There are so many life lessons to be learned from movies such as Dead Poet’s Society.  The featured image truly shows the brilliance of this movie. 

As the news of his death sunk in last night I could not help but think of a quote that I see often: “Behind the funniest, deepest smiles often hides the people in the most pain.”   This is so true for so many of us with an invisible illness whether that be chronic pain, anxiety, or depression.  We literally often put on an “act” to hide the way we are truly feeling inside.  Was anyone shocked to learn that Robin Williams took his own life or that he had been battling such an awful invisible illness?  I was beyond shocked and still have difficulty believing he is gone.  What a horrible reminder of what I try to instill in the people I meet and my readers: Everyone is fighting a battle we know nothing about.  We must not judge anyone and truly focus on our own lives and well being. 

We all must stand on our desks to see the world in a different way.  There is no wrong or right way to go through your life as long as you follow your intuition and practice non judgement and kindness.  If things in your life are not going the way you want them to, you have the power to either change the way you look at your life or make changes.  We all deserve happiness, second chances, love, and happiness.  We lost such an amazing person yesterday and my thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones. 

This post is dedicated to Robin Williams: Rest in Peace and Thank You for your laughter and kindness.  You will be deeply missed.

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One thought on “Invisible Illnesses Can Affect ANYONE

  1. So true. I used that same scene as an image (and inspiration) for a post I did on changing our perspective, not long ago. That movie and that scene has always stayed with me since I saw it 20+ years ago. No movie has ever taught me so much. His death is a reminder that we are all hiding something behind our smiles, and that we all need to reach out to each other and ask the question – What are they hiding? And, Can I do anything to help? http://countingmyspoons.com/2014/08/hiding-pain/

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