Can the world be too loud for some people? This question has been in my heart this week.
Although Robin Williams could make me laugh so hard I thought I’d wet my pants, I was always drawn to his less explosively humorous moments, to his work in the Fisher King, Dead Poets Society, Good Will Hunting and What Dreams May Come. There was a gentleness about him that shone in these roles, a fragility and deep knowing of the darker paths. A spirit open to connection with others.
That almost skinless connection to the world is dangerous.
There are plenty of people walking around acting outgoing and gregarious who are in fact taxed by the tumult of the world. That overboard humor or bossiness or totally pulled-together mask takes a toll on the real person, the one who wishes rather to work in the quiet, alone at a window or easel or desk.
I don’t pretend to know anything about Robin Williams, his life nor his pain. But I do know that very creative people are very creative because they are open to the world and paying close attention to everything. That’s a lot of stimulus. At what point the music turns to noise is different for each person. But if you are one of those people who is traveling with all of your nerves exposed, be gentle with yourself. Ease the uproar until you hear the world’s music again.