It is easy in the wake of a celebrity suicide -such as Robin Williams'- to turn them into a poster or meme: 'Understand depression!' and 'Be free of your pain!' (Sound familiar?) It is easy to dehumanize them until they only reflect a message.
Depression is not what makes up a person.
Depression is just one facet (though it has the power to feel like 100 worlds crushing one's insides).
Depression is a manipulator.
Let's be honest, depression -among a trillion other disorders and illnesses- is a real snatch!
But no one thing makes a person.
There are a million other pieces that create a human. And there is a time, such as in death, to appreciate the love in a heart, the greatness in a smile, and the outstanding way that someone skyrocketed your world.
The way a person dies should not be glorified or magnified. The way a person lives is far more precious.
We all carry on to another day, no matter what form we take. The real message is the emotions we inspire while we are here in this form.
Be inspired to wake up tomorrow and create. Be inspired to laugh or to cry.
Simply be inspired by someone's life. Let it make you stronger.
No meme required.
(And I love a good meme, so you know I'm serious.)