Dead Poets...

I went to bed late last night having heard that Robin Williams had passed away, seemingly having had enough of this world, he had chosen to give himself to the universe for ever.

He starred in one of my favourite films, The Dead Poets Society, which tells the story of a group of young men attending school at the fictional Welton Academy in Vermont. Set in the fifties, these sons of wealthy parents are encouraged by their English teacher, John Keating, to break free from the conservative and become themselves, and in so doing become all that they can be. They are encouraged to 'gather ye rosebuds while ye may' - to seize the day.

I've recommended this film to a number of teenage boys, and encouraged their parents to watch it with them and engage in the lessons, for them both, that can be found within.

In one of my favourite scenes John Keating talks of conformity, reminding his students that,

"You must trust that your beliefs are unique, your own, even though others may think them odd or unpopular"

His message, and one that recurs throughout this great film, is that there is great power in being you, your authentic and true self.

Carpe Diem


Since writing it has emerged Robin Williams was suffering from a form of dementia at the time of his suicide

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