For those of you who don’t know, Robin Williams passed away this week. Suicide. He was 63. He was in movies like Mrs. Doubtfire, Patch Adams, and TV shows like The Crazy Ones.
He was also in several cartoon shows and movies—one of which is very special to me.
Aladdin was one of the first movies I ever saw in a theater. I went with my aunt—I think I couldn’t have been more than 8 or 9. The theater seats were huge, but for some reason the screen seemed small, and I couldn’t see some of the right details to keep up with a lot of the action.
I didn’t know it at the time, but Robin Williams was there, as the voice of the Genie, making wisecracks and trying to help out any way he could.
Kind of like Robin was in real life, according to those who knew him.
And Aladdin was a movie I only thought was cooler the older I got—due in large part to Robin Williams’ acting.
So for Fabulous Fiction Friday, I’d like to have a hybrid prompt—something more personal, less fiction, and more real. You’re welcome to make this about a character instead, if you’d like.
Here it is:
If you could put three things in a box to tell others the most about you as a person, what would they be?
I don’t pretend to fully understand how deeply people can impact others—or why people make the choices that they make.
I just know that we DO touch people—individual lives DO matter. There are people in this world you’ll come into contact with who do care about you. They may not show it—and even things as simple as saying “Hi” and waving can brighten someone’s day. People remember the small stuff too. It can hurt tremendously when people leave this world—for those who knew them, yes—but also for those who never got a chance to know them. You don’t have to be celebrity-famous to be great—truly great. You just have to genuinely connect to people in a way that matters—that makes them feel welcomed, accepted, and part of something.
People connect to you, you connect to them, and both benefit from it.
Make it an awesome weekend with great memories.
Until next time,