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Tears of a Clown

August 20, 2014

There’s a song from Motown’s Smokey Robinson and the Miracles called ‘Tears of a Clown.’ And now that it has been a few days since the shocking news about the death of the Icon, Robin WIliams; I have shed enough tears to be able to start to write this piece.

Mork from Ork - Nanu Nanu

Mork from Ork – Nanu Nanu

Like so many others, I remember his exuberant Mork from Ork character running back and forth across the television screen, playing insanity to Pam Dauber’s pan-faced Mindy and how he brought us so much laughter. But unlike many of my come-and-go romances, our relationship, mine and Robin’s, continued to grow through the years.

The more sophisticated the roles Robin took on, whether as one of the tremendous trio who brought the series of telethons Comic Relief to life (an HBO series of telethons that ran through the 80s and 90s, raising more than $70 million in the United States) or as an avant-garde educator in Dead Poets’ Society; Robin amazingly was able to rise to every challenge with his own unique quality and branding.

And unlike so many of the other relationships in my life, I can think of absolutely nothing Robin has ever done that has left me feeling he could have done it any better! I truly cannot imagine any way that he could have done a more convincing job as Adrian Cronauer, the Viet-Nam disc-jockey in 1987’s ‘Good Morning Viet Nam.”

Love to Robin

I just adored him and everything about him – everything he did – everything he stood for – and so sadly, everything he died for.

Mental illness is not something to be judged. And shame on all of us for believing we have the right to stand on the outside, in judgment — of what goes on within the insides of another human being.

I am personally devastated and heartbroken over the loss of the utter brilliance and greatness of Robin Williams. It is something that blindsided me…I don’t think I realized how deeply I adored him until this week.

His death is not something trivial. It is not something to be judged. It is a statement. Everything about Robin was vibrant and oozed intent. I am sure his death was no exception.

The Meaning of Life

The Meaning of Life

So to the millions who loved him, as I did; let us find the intent, the purpose of the 63 amazing years Robin Williams graced this planet. Let us listen as the tears of this clown rain down on us and pray to whatever we believe in – that he has found peace.

Judy is a licensed clinical social worker and has worked extensively as a counselor with children, adolescents, couples and families. Judy’s professional experience in the mental health field along with her love of writing, provide insight into real-life experiences and relationships. Her fresh voice and down-to-earth approach to living a happier, more meaningful life are easy to understand and just as easy to start implementing right away for positive results!

  1. dan permalink

    My favorie movie was Bicentennial Man… No one seems to know it… it was brilliant

    • Judy permalink

      I DO know it. another brilliant one. I’m still feeling the loss, how about you?

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