Throwing word count to the wind, this is what I wish I could say to Robin Williams:
“Hang on, you are going to turn the corner. You will. It will get better around the bend. I know for sure because I’ve been there. I have had those very same thoughts.
‘The world will be better off without me.’
‘I can’t stand this ache anymore and I just want it to end.’
I’ve had thoughts like those since I was 16 years old. I don’t have them so much anymore; that’s why I know a corner can be turned. You just have to keep working. I know—it’s exhausting, but you gotta keep trying.”
Having lost a husband and a father so recently, I can feel the pain his family is going through. It makes me inexorably sad. We lost an icon; they lost the love of their life. If only he could have seen around the corner.