Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The other side of Robin Williams, and all about his kind heart


Robin Williams died a few days ago, leaving legions of fans bereft and a world falling over itself to pay tribute to his genius, his talent and his humour.

It's heartwarming to see how he made the world laugh, and how he inspired so many people to "seize the day" and make the most of life and our time on earth.

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SUMMER IN SYDNEY

I remember how I was spending the summer of university in Sydney, renting a flat on Bondi Beach, at the time I watched his now famous movie Dead Poets' Society.

This movie made an indelible impression on impressionable me, and I can honestly say that Dead Poets Society sealed my love for literature and inspired me to do something with my life.

To seize the day, every single day.





INSPIRED TO SEIZE THE DAY.
EVERY SINGLE DAY.

No kidding. 

The phrase "carpe diem" has rung in my ears like a nice broken record for decades, and Robin Williams was responsible for that.

If only Robin Williams knew how many people he inspired and affected with his films -- even if they were only films and not real life -- maybe he would not have been so sad or depressed.

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TRAVELIFE WITH US

MOROCCO



So please don't wait to tell someone how much they mean to you. Or how much they've inspired you.

Seize the day there as well, please.

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ANOTHER SIDE TO ROBIN WILLIAMS

But there's also a side to Robin Williams that's not very well known -- and that's his concern for those less fortunate than him.

And it's not the type of concern that involves supporting a charity by buying a table for a fancy dinner for 10 and donning a tuxedo -- and then having yourself photographed for the society pages.

It was a commitment to those less fortunate than him, that one would never know about unless one had professional dealings with him.

NYDailyNews.com
THE STORY OF BRIAN LORD
ABOUT ROBIN WILLIAMS

Brian Lord, an athlete and history addict, as well as the founder of NonBoardBoard.Org, shares his story:

"Years ago I learned a very cool thing about Robin Williams, and I couldn’t watch a movie of his afterward without thinking of it. I never actually booked Robin Williams for an event, but I came close enough that his office sent over his rider.

TheAtlantic.com
"For those outside of the entertainment industry, a rider lists out an artist’s specific personal and technical needs for hosting them for an event -- anything from bottled water and their green room to sound and lighting requirements.

BEHIND THE SCENES

hdbitz.org

"You can learn a lot about a person from their rider.

 This is where rocks bands list their requirement for green M&Ms (which is actually a surprisingly smart thing to do). This is also where a famous environmentalist requires a large gas-guzzling private jet to fly to the event city, but then requires an electric or hybrid car to take said environmentalist to the event venue when in view of the public."


THE ONY REQUIREMENT OF ROBIN WILLIAMS

He continues:

"When I got Robin Williams’ rider, I was very surprised by what I found. He actually had a requirement that for every single event or film he did, the company hiring him also had to hire a certain number of homeless people and put them to work.

"I never watched a Robin Williams movie the same way after that.



"I’m sure that on his own time and with his own money, he was working with these people in need, but he’d also decided to use his clout as an entertainer to make sure that production companies and event planners also learned the value of giving people a chance to work their way back.



culturefly.co.uk

"I wonder how many production companies continued the practice into their next non-Robin Williams project, as well as how many people got a chance at a job and the pride of earning an income, even temporarily, from his actions. He was a great multiplier of his impact. Let’s hope that impact lives on without him."

Bravo, Robin Williams. Rest in peace.

2 comments:

  1. So inspiring. RIP.

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  2. His death is so sad but his life is so inspiring

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