and then she realized that although the island was quite small, it wasn't too small for her to get lost.

and then she realized that although the island was quite small, it wasn’t too small for her to get lost.

On Learning to Take Yourself Less Seriously

Over the course of the past 2 weeks, I have been struck by the outpouring of love for Robin Williams. Yes, he was a comic genius who made movies that were both delightful and touching, silly, irreverent  and magical… and then there was GARP (hated it)…

But really what I have loved most has been the anecdotes of Robin Williams the friend, the father, the humanitarian. I loved hearing that he was the first person to  show up at Christopher Reeves’s side, days after his tragic accident and that he sent Conan O’Brian a bicycle that looked like a “Mardi Gras parade,” just to cheer him up after losing the Tonight Show. I loved Billy Crystal’s brilliant tribute to his friend at the Emmy’s which was was filled with rich stories of a life well lived, a friendship well loved. If there is anything I have learned from this sad passing, it is that life is best lived when when we can take ourselves a little less seriously, when we can find small moments that bring us laughter and joy and when we can remain true to who we are and who we want to be. And if we can find a bike that looks like a Mardi Gras parade…even better. Robin Williams will be missed but the glow he cast on others will never dim.

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away.” ~ HD Thoreau

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer, or maybe he’s just a weirdo.” ~ Sandra Boynton

In case you missed it, check out Crystal’s tribute to Robin Williams