‘Real Men Cry’: Photographer Sam Taylor-Wood photographed some of Hollywood’s leading actors in an intimate and rare moment. Taylor-Wood said, ’Some of the men cried before I even finished loading the camera’. Pictured in order here are some of her subjects, Hayden Christensen, Daniel Craig, Ben Stiller, Jude Law, Michael Masden, and the late and great Robin Williams.
There is so much to learn from a beautiful man like Robin Williams.
We learn nothing about him or ourselves from the news and details of
“how” he chose to end his life. Those details are not important, they
are the devastating choices he made to end his life. Let’s not let
those details be his defining moment. His family and all those close to
him would want him remembered for the full experience of life that he
offered all of us.
Robin Williams Lived the Fullness of Life All the Way Out the Extremes
Robin taught us all to be wild, free and childlike again. So much of
his acting was comedic and incredibly playful appealing to the child in
all of us. He was able to embody the innocence and madness of a child
at play in an exciting game of life. He reminded all of us of that same
innocence within our own hearts and to never lose touch that childlike
essence by becoming or being too serious.
Robin taught us that adult laughter and comedy were healing. He
could, just by being him, make any topic, dark or light, somehow
hysterically funny. We were all enamored with him because he reminded
us to see the humor. Humor is an incredible way to cope when we are
Robin taught us of vulnerability and depth. So many of his roles were
touching upon the deepest pains of being human. He was able to reach
into our hearts with his roles in Patch Adams, Mrs Doubtfire, Good Will Hunting, and What Dreams May Come.
He was able to feel these vulnerabilities so deeply in his own heart
that when it came to putting them into his craft, he was able to reach
into and touch our own fears and vulnerabilities making us feel normal
in our own humanity.
Robin was able to inspire us. In Dead Poets Society, Aladdin, Good Morning Vietnam,
he taught us that life was extraordinary and made up of a series of
choices. Life may be painful and hard but it was meant to be lived to
its depth. He inspired us to never give up on our dreams, to never give
up on what was important to us.
Robin was able to teach us kindness and humility. He possessed a
gentleness in his eyes which was truly him. There was almost a shy
quality to him that he covered up through his ability to make us laugh.
He was also able to let us feel comfortable enough to cry, to receive
kindness and give kindness to others. His sensitivities are what made
him so in touch with his emotions and it is those sensitivities which
were his gift and which were possibly so intense to live with each day
that he could no longer tolerate them.
Robin taught us about sadness and loss and most importantly the
necessity for Self-love. In the loss of Robin Williams he is teaching
us now about sadness and loss. He is teaching us about tragedy and not
having enough self-love no matter how many loved him, to find going on
in life to be a viable option. In his death he is teaching us we need to
love ourselves. We need to make sure that we have an internal anchor
within that is not dependent upon outside sources of love and attention.
He is teaching us that we need an internal place of strength of
self-love to come from and return to when life gets dark.
I thank you Robin Williams, for perhaps, the last lesson is the most profound. Make God laugh.
“I basically started performing for my mother, going, ‘Love me!’ What drives you to perform is the need for that primal connection. When I was little, my mother was funny with me, and I started to be charming and funny for her, and I learned that by being entertaining, you make a connection with another person.”
- Robin Williams
Happy birthday Robin Williams!! May you rest in peace.