I don’t think I’ve ever been this upset over the passing of an actor.
Robin Williams, you were a legend. You were the legend of comedy, and yet you left us in the saddest way anyone could ever leave this world.
Depression is real. It’s not a joke. If you know anyone who suffers from depression don’t ever think it’s just for attention or that it’s just a phase. I’m not saying that doesn’t happen, but if you really care about that person, don’t just say it - SHOW IT by being there for them. You don’t have to say much, in fact you don’t have to say anything at all. It’s enough if that person knows you’re there for them.
If you suffer from depression (whether you ever feel suicidal or not) it’s even more important to enjoy every moment of your life. I know this is easier said than done, but hear me out. Don’t do things that you don’t want to do simply because others want you to do it. It’s YOUR life, not theirs. Dream big, but most of all reward yourself for the little achievements every single day. Even if it’s just getting up in the morning - that’s an achievement too! Smile because you’re still alive! Screw what others say and chase your dreams, because that’s why you’re alive! I know it’s hard sometimes, but baby steps.
Express yourself. If writing helps, write. If drawing helps, draw. If crying helps, cry.
And finally, I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again. I may hide behind a blog of a fictional character, but I know a little too well what depression feels like. I’m not a therapist, but I can always try my best to help exactly because of my experience. If anyone ever needs to talk I’m here. If you feel depressed or suicidal get on my blog, hit that ask button and tell me your story. If you want me to answer privately I will. And yes, I’m actually crying as I’m writing this.
I know this has nothing to do with Pretty Little Liars, but I’m still tagging the show because this is real life and it’s way more important than a tv show.
And if anyone ever tells you to “toughen up,” “get over it,” or anything just as filled with ignorance and stigma just walk away, smile and CELEBRATE, because you’re able to understand something as complex as mental illness, which automatically makes you wiser, smarter and a wonderful human being.