One of my all-time treasured movies is Hook. Featuring my favorite priced actor late Robin Williams as Peter. To think that I must have seen this movie so many times, and yet still every time it comes up, I am still so delighted and thrilled, ‘trailing alongside word for word with excitement and bewilderment, dreamily imagining my part as Tinker-bell, played by talented Julia Roberts. Awe-inspiring! Hook is the1991 family fantasy film directed by Steven Spielberg, acts as a sequel to Peter Pan”s original adventures, focusing on a grown-up Peter who has forgotten his childhood. Captain Hook kidnaps his two children, and he must return to Never land and reclaim his youthful spirit as Peter Pan in order to challenge his old enemy and get his kids back.
So, considering the event surrounding his death and the beautiful tribute given to him during The Emmy Awards by co-comedian Billy Crystal, I couldn’t but help tuck away my own emotional strain by laughing at some of the displayed comical roles he’s played over the years.
But deep down inside me – it was more about the weight of agony, the hidden despair and the emotional torment he must have been going through during the last period of his life, was it all covered up with goofiness through bravery? A part the world never saw or the part the world never bothered to see. How much do we know about the inner mind-set of people around us? Could there have been a signal ignored? A cry for help neglected, ignored or overlooked?
This is an emotional wake up call for all of us in any helpless situation. We all might not necessarily be entangled with someone in that state of mind, but who can tell? Who knows? A bad comment, a broken heart or rejection are all common triggers. A lot of us cover up our distress with pretty things of life, and give an appearance that’s breath taking. Hmmm, ‘talk about the brewing kettle always dried up!
Today, I am hoping someone in their period of hopelessness will turn over to God. That someone will be vigilant and reach out to one who’s hurting and not communicating, to create within us an opportunity to help encourage emotional outlets. And like in the movie Hook, when Peter returned home, realizes the love he has for his family and the importance of having a youthful heart, I pray that someone will oppose self-slaughter, be of a cheerful mind-set and return to God too. After all, Life is still beautiful!
May God Help Us All.
RIP Robin Williams.