I've been at my new place of employment for a whopping 4 1/2 months people say to me all the time things like: "You are always so happy." or "Do you ever stop smiling?"
They are mostly right. I am always pretty happy and I do smile more than most people. I even laugh so often that my abs are sore when I come home from work, but no one knows that I struggle with depression. No one knows that every day I fight demons that I cannot escape - no matter how hard I try.
We all fight demons. We all figure our shit out differently than the next guy - some of us never actually figure it out. Some of us cannot deal with what we are dealt. I usually have an okay time with my demons; they each have names and places where I keep them, but not everyone is so fortunate.
Perspective is the hardest thing to keep with us every day. It isn't something we set on an alarm and at 12:30 every afternoon we are reminded to keep ourselves in check and to quit being so judgmental or harsh. It isn't something we can put in our wallets and when we go to the store the cashier will ask "Do you have your Perspective Rewards card today?" Perspective is one of those unsung heroes that rescues us sometimes when we least expect it. Like during the tragic loss of Genie. :(
I have always considered myself lucky to be someone who suffers from depression. And not because I like the looming gray cloud over my head, but because it reminds me to keep my perspective in check. It reminds me to appreciate a really good day. It reminds me that when I have anger or hate in my heart that maybe someone else is suffering too and I should just let it go.
Yes, sometimes it takes someone else's tragedy to shake me back into reality for a moment, but when it takes my perspective to a whetstone and sharpens it up, I can be nothing but grateful. I suppose perspective is my phenomenal cosmic power.
I will miss Robin Williams for a great many reasons. At 31, I got to be alive for the heart and soul of that man's career. He will forever be my Genie of the Lamp.
Right here direct from the lamp.
Right here for my very much wish fulfillment. RIP Robin Williams. My Genie.