What can we learn from someone who seemingly had it all like Robin Williams taking his own life?
Expectations are such a powerful factor in determining ones happiness. They can either motivate you or make you depressed. Expectations of material wealth, expectations of status, expectations of relationships, etc.
Gratitude and perspective are your ammunition against your seemingly failed expectations getting the best of you and stealing your joy. Happiness is a choice you make by finding a reason to appreciate all that you have even on your darkest days.
I just read that Robin Williams had to pay out tens of millions in alimony to his ex wives and was “forced” to take a job on a television series because he needed the money. Doing this in his 60s was not where he “expected” to be at that point in his life which was part of the reason he was depressed.
Gratitude and perspective. For most people, having a job on television is a dream come true. But for him, it went against his expectations of himself and was not a desirable thing. Now, I’m sure there were other factors that contributed to his depression, but there is a lesson to be learned from a man who was a comedic legend with a gift for making people laugh, becoming depressed and taking his own life.
Had he really put his life in perspective and had gratitude for all he’s accomplished and all the people who loved him, maybe he could have found happiness.
Don’t let your self imposed expectations of life cause you to be unhappy. Have faith, count your blessings, and play the hand you’re dealt to the best of your ability. That’s all you can really do. Remember that you are in control of your own happiness and how you let your life experiences affect you.
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