When I found out about Robin Williams' death, it immediately took me back to his movies and humor. I was like alot of kids that watched "Mork and Mindy" when it came on tv. I don't really remember it as much as I do his other movies. I know as a teen I watched "Dead Poets Society." That movie, while controversial, made me think about being a passionate teacher and enjoying being a teacher.
"Dead Poets Society" was a movie I saw as a junior or senior in high school. I look back and now can't remember all of the movie, so I am speaking mainly on the inspiration that I do remember from watching the movie. Robin Williams' character was a teacher who went against the appropriate ways of teaching in the school that was in this movie. I don't think his intentions were to encourage disobedience or being a rebel. I think he was trying to inspire and show passion for teaching and for his students. As a young teacher, I wanted to have my students stand on their desks and say "Captain!" I wanted to encourage them to have passion. I wanted to have that passion myself. As I type this, I have tears in my eyes in thinking about the years that I got to teach at Oconee Christian Academy. Now don't get me wrong I LOVE being a mom and taking care of our family. But I have to say that a little part of me, when I think about teaching, misses that realm. However, I also know that I have a passion for my family and have learned to tune in to that!
Another thing that I remember from this movie that I won't ever forget is the "Barbaric yawp." When we graduated from high school, several of us gathered around, threw up our caps, and let out a "Yawp!" I remember doing that with so much joy. I remember looking around at my classmates - ones that I had grown up with - letting out our "YAWP!" What a fun memory!!
The death of such a famous man has come and gone. I think about the fact that he was so very funny but dealt with deep, personal depression. Depression is a hard thing to deal with. I am sad for this loss for so many, but I am mostly sad for his family. He will be truly missed but remembered for making so many laugh. Prayers for his family and friends as they mourn his passing.