He entered my life as a blue genie and left it as a hero.
Growing up with his films, I was inspired by the characters he played, and learned a lot from a man I never even knew.
Robin Williams was a staple in my childhood. He taught me how to be a good friend through the movie Aladdin. He taught me how to care for the environment in FernGully and showed me the importance of family in Mrs. Doubtfire.
As a child I was able to relate and understand important life lessons through his humour and portrayal of real people.
In my teenage years, he remained a key figure in my life unbeknownst to myself.
I remember one day walking into a high school class and the teacher announcing instead of regular work we’ll be watching Dead Poets Society.
Never hearing about the film before, I wasn’t prepared for the impact that this movie would have on my life.
By this point in my teenage years, I never had a teacher that was so inspiring as John Keating was to his students in the movie. And I didn’t need that figure because I had Robin Williams.
He was able to provide me with a different outlook on life than what I thought I knew. I was motivated to seize the day and have the courage to be myself.
As I got older, my love for his acting only continued to grow and it wasn’t just me who related to him — it was everyone.
He was an original. There has never been anyone similar to Robin Williams and there never will be.
President Barack Obama said it best, “He arrived in our lives as an alien — but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit.”
This love for him will never expire, as his spirit will live on forever.
Thank you Robin Wiliams for the lessons and the laughter.
Mickey Djuric can be reached at 306-691-1263 or @Mickey_MJTimes.