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How I'm Dealing with the Death of Robin Williams

Posted by Ryan Morgan on August 12, 2014 at 12:47 PM

My Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds were filled last night - all on the same topic: the death of Robin Williams. It seems my generation has taken to social media in this time of shock and grief. I offer another outlet...

Robin Williams' death highlights a truth that we already know but rarely acknowledge: you never know how much time you have left with the people you love.

Robin Williams was a fixture of my childhood. I was 8 years old when Aladdin was released in theaters and Robin's voice sang through my house as the Genie. I was 13 when his lessons on true intellect and genius being from a life well lived was brought to life in Good Will Hunting, and I was in my teens when I was finally allowed to watch The Dead Poet's Society, where he exposed me to the romantic poets for the first time. Robin Williams was a teacher.

And so, this morning, I sat at my desk and I wrote to another teacher. I wrote to Mr. William Larned, my 8th grade American History teacher. I wanted him to know that his class had an impact on me, and that his stories and lessons put me on the path that led me to my job at Tell Them. I wanted to make sure I told him how much he helped shape me before it was too late.

As we prepare to live in a world without the man who was Mork, Adrian Cronauer, and Euphegenia Doubtfire, I urge you to take a moment and tell someone in your life what they mean to you and how they have impacted your life. You never know when you might lose the chance...

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