Depression is a mental illness that takes down so many on a daily basis. It doesn’t care if you’re a giant among men, the shy quiet person in the back of the room, the soldier who went to war or the women who calls herself mother. It doesn’t care what you may think about yourself, what others tell you about yourself or what gifts and talents you may have.

It’s a dark voice that takes hold of everything that is a person and fills them with lies. It tells you you’re not worth the air you breathe. It takes the muscles in your body and replaces them with lead, too heavy to move. It takes the sun that shines and brings a smile to your face and rips it away.

If you have a good day it’s a small life raft swimming in the bleak sea that is depression. That one good day, one good week – however long it lasts – is never a strong enough shield for fight that bastard that calls itself depression. It fills your head, your heart and your body with black foul lies. It tears you apart from the inside out and makes you less than what you could be.

Yesterday we lost a giant among men. Robin Williams touched many throughout the world with his laughter and the amazing characters he portrayed. Whether you started with him as Mork or Adrian Crouauer or even if you came to him as the John Keating, the Genie, Peter Pan, Jack or Mrs. Doubtfire you were brought to his laughter and couldn’t help but fall in love with his genius. He took his laughter to the troops posted around the world, bringing a little bit of home with him.

I pray for his family and friends. I pray that he is no longer suffering. I am saddened that the dark voice of depression was able to fell such a man but not shocked as it fells the great as well as the least.

I SOUND MY BARBARIC YAWP OVER THE ROOFTOPS OF THE WORLD.

I SOUND MY BARBARIC YAWP OVER THE ROOFTOPS OF THE WORLD.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:

No matter what problems you are dealing with, we want to help you find a reason to keep living. By calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.

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