14 Aug 5 Things that Robin Williams Taught Us About Making a Serious Business Out of Fun
A well-acclaimed comedian has passed away just recently. Robin Williams is one of those actors that is remembered for his ability to draw the audience to his role whether it be comical or drama. But one thing is for sure, he taught us the ability to see beyond the redundancy of life and make a serious business out of fun.
His spontaneity and chameleon-like acting prowess has made Robin Williams an iconic figure. Having started from the sitcom Mork and Mindy, he is already a budding actor coming to bloom in Tinseltown. And from here, his career skyrocketed to stardom and made him one of the best actors of this time. We have learned a lot from Robin William’s roles (and life itself). Here are five things we might benefit from.
Lesson # 1: “We all have a great need for acceptance, but you must trust that your beliefs are unique, your own.” – Dead Poet’s Society
The Status Quo. What’s hip, what’s hot and what’s not. The culture we are living today is all about being part of the norm and if you’re not part of it, you’re essentially ‘out’. In one of his greatest movie roles, Robin Williams taught us that you don’t need to be boxed to become a somebody. Your uniqueness makes you a part of the whole puzzle of life. Dare to laugh, dare to be different!
Lesson #2: “Seize the day. Because, believe it or not, each and every one of us is this room is one day going to stop breathing, turn cold and die.” – Dead Poets Society
Now isn’t it the truth? We are all waiting for the ‘next best thing’. We are waiting all our lives to get that ‘big break’. But what most of us don’t realise is that we kept putting off ‘seize the day’. As Zig Ziglar once said, “You don’t have to be great to start. You have to start to be great.” Time respects no one. Living life is the only way to go.
Lesson #3: “I stand upon my desk to remind myself that we must constantly look at things in a different way.” – Dead Poets Society
In the world of computer screens, looking up from it takes one on a new perspective in life. We are constantly communicating through our computer — forgetting that life in the office is like seeing a wonderful landscape full of experience. Things like a smile, a pat in the back, the one who gives out, the one who gives in to tears, the hard worker, the worried, the troubled, the needy and the needed.
Life is like a block of marble. Give that block of marble to a person and he will think it’s a block of marble. But give it to an artist’s and look what happens. Let us all be artists in this craft. Laugh and live.
Lesson#4: “You’ll have bad times, but it’ll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren’t paying attention to.” – Good Will Hunting
Give someone 9 compliments and 1 critic and he/she will make a mountain out of that 1 critic. Isn’t it true for most of us? Most of us wake up and tell ourselves the following: “Going to the office — again.”, “It’s that task again.”, “It’s going to be a long day in the office.” Even before we wake up, we tell our alarm clocks an ALARM when it’s actually an opportunity clock. Find the good in every situation — and learn to laugh when all else fails.
Lesson#5: “Why can’t we treat death with a certain amount of humanity and dignity, and decency, and God forbid – even humor.” – Patch Adams
When we were young, we are dying to grow old. And when we are old, we are bombarding ourselves with youth creams and pills. We are complex beings with contradicting wants in life. By staying afraid of things that could go wrong, take chances. Many of the people today are dying with their music still on even unto grave. Might as well play it when you’re still alive.
There is no greater loss than loss of talent. This sudden loss was felt by many. The life lessons, however, is a different story. There is much to learn from his life and that starts with our ability to see things through a stormy day and find the funny in everything.