Today I wanted to pay homage to one of my favorite actors of all time, and to talk a bit about the movies he made that changed my life, as well as the lessons that we can take from his passing.
The other day, I was catching up on some old Robin Williams movies, still pretty bummed when I think about the fact that he is gone from us. One of my favorites of his, “Dead Poet’s Society”, has stuck with me for years. Along with “The Angriest Man In Brooklyn” Which has come out much more recently. There is a scene from DPS in which Robin’s character explains that the use of the word “very” is useless. This is the quote…
“… so avoid using the word very. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason boys—to woo women, and in that endeavor… laziness will not do.”
Since watching the movie, I have made it an effort to remove “very” from my speech because I don’t want to write or speak with laziness. I will not allow myself to be a sloth. I have far too many things to be doing that don’t permit the action of laziness. In the same manner, I have adapted that philosophy into as many things as I can. I make it a point now to avoid laziness like the plague. It is a lesson that only the man himself could have taught me.
In another of his movies, he plays a man who is told that he only has a number of minutes left to live. In that span of time, he spends all of his energy trying to right the wrongs that he has done to his family, particularly his son. At the end of the movie, Robin’s character knows that he is going to die and is talking to his son, in this scene he says…
“My tombstone will say Henry Altmann 1941-2014… I never knew till now, it’s not the dates that matter. It’s the dash.”
This movie hit home. Despite having subpar ratings and all around being considered a flop of sorts, it hit home as one of my favorite movies Robin Williams has ever had a role in, because of what I pulled out of it. This life, this whole thing is spectacular and I can’t waste one second worried about the second number that will read on my tombstone. I need to focus for now, on the time between. The time that I get to spend laughing and loving and sharing this life with my friends.
After all. That’s the most important time that we get to have.
Anyway, I just wanted to leave a small in between blog post to talk about the two most important Robin Williams movies to me, for no reason than to remember a man who inspired me to be goofy, to continue chasing after my dreams and in the pursuit of all things, to never be lazy.
Rest in peace, still.
“Carpe diem. Seize the day boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” – Dead Poet’s Society, John Keating the English Teacher (Played by Robin Williams)
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