"From where I stand... You're beautiful."
Hey guys,
I just wanted to stop by and give you guys an update. Last week, after 2 months of hard work, dedication, and putting up with an extraordinary amount of disrespect, I was fired from my job without warning or good reason. That evening I was talked down from a 150’ bridge by a very kind woman who refused to believe that I was just up there to “think” and “take pictures of the sunset.” Since then, although I lost the bid on a new apartment and have yet to find another job, I have discovered a new level of positivity. I have no idea where it came from, but it is there and I feel great. Things may be shaky right now, but I know everything is going to turn out alright because I am far too young, far too determined, and far too much of a dreamer to give up or be held down. I am likely still going to take the rest of the month off of tumblr but I will return soon! Thank you all tremendously for the incredible support and the well wishes, I cannot express how much it means to me to know that you guys still see me as worthy despite my obvious shortcomings. I hope you are all doing okay and for those of you who aren’t, just know that you are not alone! There is help, there is hope, and you are loved. 
Be proud, be strong, be brave, and never forget it gets better.
- Richard

Hey guys,

I just wanted to stop by and give you guys an update. Last week, after 2 months of hard work, dedication, and putting up with an extraordinary amount of disrespect, I was fired from my job without warning or good reason. That evening I was talked down from a 150’ bridge by a very kind woman who refused to believe that I was just up there to “think” and “take pictures of the sunset.” Since then, although I lost the bid on a new apartment and have yet to find another job, I have discovered a new level of positivity. I have no idea where it came from, but it is there and I feel great. Things may be shaky right now, but I know everything is going to turn out alright because I am far too young, far too determined, and far too much of a dreamer to give up or be held down. I am likely still going to take the rest of the month off of tumblr but I will return soon! Thank you all tremendously for the incredible support and the well wishes, I cannot express how much it means to me to know that you guys still see me as worthy despite my obvious shortcomings. I hope you are all doing okay and for those of you who aren’t, just know that you are not alone! There is help, there is hope, and you are loved.

Be proud, be strong, be brave, and never forget it gets better.

- Richard


Dear Tumblr,
As many of you noticed, a few weeks ago I disappeared from social media while struggling with a relapse of depression and suicide. The last month has been extremely hard on me and while I actually feel a lot better in recent days, I know when Ryan’s birthday comes up on the 28th, I am going to breakdown again. Due to this, I have decided to retreat from public life for a while and work on bettering myself privately. This means I will not be online much and will not be talking to anyone outside my daily life. This is the only way I can think of to progress forward and continue healing.
I want to apologize for scaring you guys, especially those I told goodbye. While it was meant as a farewell, I should have been more responsible and respectful. I am so overwhelmed by the support and kindness you guys have shown me and I will be forever thankful no matter what happens. I still firmly believe it gets better, but that has to be achieved through hard work and perseverance - something I need to do on my own. So with that said, I just want to reiterate how thankful I am to have so many people who care about me and how sorry I am that I continue to fall short of what you need me to be.
Be proud, be strong, be brave, and never forget it gets better.
- Richard

Dear Tumblr,

As many of you noticed, a few weeks ago I disappeared from social media while struggling with a relapse of depression and suicide. The last month has been extremely hard on me and while I actually feel a lot better in recent days, I know when Ryan’s birthday comes up on the 28th, I am going to breakdown again. Due to this, I have decided to retreat from public life for a while and work on bettering myself privately. This means I will not be online much and will not be talking to anyone outside my daily life. This is the only way I can think of to progress forward and continue healing.

I want to apologize for scaring you guys, especially those I told goodbye. While it was meant as a farewell, I should have been more responsible and respectful. I am so overwhelmed by the support and kindness you guys have shown me and I will be forever thankful no matter what happens. I still firmly believe it gets better, but that has to be achieved through hard work and perseverance - something I need to do on my own. So with that said, I just want to reiterate how thankful I am to have so many people who care about me and how sorry I am that I continue to fall short of what you need me to be.

Be proud, be strong, be brave, and never forget it gets better.

- Richard

"One more day One more time One more sunset, maybe I’d be satisfied But then again I know what it would do Leave me wishing still, for one more day with you”

"One more day
One more time
One more sunset, maybe I’d be satisfied
But then again
I know what it would do
Leave me wishing still, for one more day with you”

"First thing I’d do is pray for time to crawl Then I’d unplug the telephone And keep the TV off I’d hold you every second Say a million I love you’s That’s what I’d do, with one more day with you”

"First thing I’d do is pray for time to crawl
Then I’d unplug the telephone
And keep the TV off
I’d hold you every second
Say a million I love you’s
That’s what I’d do, with one more day with you”

"Last night I had a crazy dream A wish was granted just for me It could be for anything I didn’t ask for money Or a mansion in Malibu I simply wished, for one more day with you”

"Last night I had a crazy dream
A wish was granted just for me
It could be for anything
I didn’t ask for money
Or a mansion in Malibu
I simply wished, for one more day with you”

So I have a problem.I may be a nymphomaniac but I'm in a very loving and committed relationship:/ . One thing people don't know about nymphomaniacs is that we usually don't want to do the things we do. What is your advice? My boyfriend doesn't know.... I don't want to lose him
Anonymous

I won’t lie, I have no knowledge whatsoever on the subject of nymphomaniacs. I had to google it so if I am wrong, blame google. Sexuality and relationships often clash, which leads to cheating and other stuff that can make commited relationships fall apart. Now a sex drive is something natural and that you can’t control, but how you act on that sex drive can be controlled. If you cannot find a way to please yourself, or be satisfied with the sex you two have, then maybe it is best that you seek someone with a similar drive or an open relationship. I am certainty no expert in the subject, but my gut reaction was to tell you to remember why you are in a relationship… It isn’t for sex (most likely) so you need to either be content or leave so that you both can find happiness. Or open up to him about the subject and tell him the truth, no matter how intimidating and painful it may be. I have a feeling you are trying to say that you have been cheating and if that is the case, you cannot blame anyone but yourself. If you cannot control your urges, then you need to seek help or at least tell him so he can decide whether to continue the relationship or not. I wish I could help with this but it just isn’t something I know about.

Just because you don't want to beieve in heaven does not mean it doesn't exist. There is nothing wrong with believing in heaven even if it isn't true. Just let us believe.
Anonymous

The idea that Atheists don’t want to believe in heaven is false. Who wouldn’t want a place where after we die, all our struggles end and we are surrounded by those we love for all eternity? I would love to be able to believe in that… But I can’t because it is a myth that is based in no fact. There is no evidence that heaven or hell exists, only fairy tales and folk lore. Furthermore, you may think believing in a god or believing in heaven doesn’t hurt anyone, but you would be dead wrong. Religion is the number one cause of oppression, murder, war and division in this world, not to mention the incredible ignorance it surrounds people in. But that isn’t even my main issue with those who have “faith” in heaven’s existence, it is that people spend all their time trying to get to paradise, that they forget to look around at here and now. So many people look up at the clouds for angels, but few understand how clouds work. So many people wish on stars, yet few of them know about the cosmos. So many people look at nature and think that is how it has always been, completely ignoring the millions and millions of years it took for our world to begin looking like it does today. You want paradise… Look around. Make a difference in the world right now and you will find paradise. Don’t spend your life wondering about what happens after you die, because first you must live.

"A whole new world With new horizons to pursue I’ll chase them anywhere There’s time to spare Let me share this whole new world with you”

"A whole new world
With new horizons to pursue
I’ll chase them anywhere
There’s time to spare
Let me share this whole new world with you”

"A whole new world - Don’t you dare close your eyes A hundred thousand things to see - Hold your breath - it gets better I’m like a shooting star I’ve come so far I can’t go back to where I used to be”

"A whole new world - Don’t you dare close your eyes
A hundred thousand things to see - Hold your breath - it gets better
I’m like a shooting star
I’ve come so far
I can’t go back to where I used to be”

"Unbelievable sights Indescribable feeling Soaring, tumbling, freewheeling Through an endless diamond sky”

"Unbelievable sights
Indescribable feeling
Soaring, tumbling, freewheeling
Through an endless diamond sky”

 “I can open your eyes Take you wonder by wonder Over, sideways and under On a magic carpet ride”


“I can open your eyes
Take you wonder by wonder
Over, sideways and under
On a magic carpet ride”

"I can show you the world Shining, shimmering, splendid Tell me, Prince, now when did You last let your heart decide?”

"I can show you the world
Shining, shimmering, splendid
Tell me, Prince, now when did
You last let your heart decide?”

In almost 5 years of news reporting and journalism, I have been impacted by countless events and stories from across the globe, but very few have been as difficult to get through as the recent passing of Robin Williams. In many ways, I not only idolized him, but I saw myself in him, so the fact that he took his own life was excruciating for me. A wave of painful memories from Ryan’s passing and my own struggles washed over me and for a second, I was paralyzed, but then I remembered why I idolized Robin in the first place - His resilience. Since Ryan died, I have taken the phrase “it gets better” and used it as motivation for myself, and while most of the credit for me being here today belongs to my best friend Brandon, if I did not believe that phrase, nothing would be able to comfort me. Ladies and gentlemen, sometimes it is impossible to see though a storm, but never forget as long as you keep moving, you will emerge from the darkness and in the end, the rain will be replaced with a rainbow. Robin Williams forgot that, likely in a moment of sheer panic and disconnect that few of us have survived, but as my fortune cookie read today; “He who believes is strong, he who doubts is weak.” It gets better, never doubt that. Robin Williams was an extraordinary man who will be missed long after the headlines fade. I can only hope that he, as so many others, have found peace. R.I.P. Captain, may your ship grace the stars and sail on for all eternity.

I am going to curl up in a ball and cry myself to sleep now. It is terrifying to know that someone I looked up to for overcoming his struggles is gone by his own hand. I am literally gutted by this because I saw myself in Robin Williams. It is just so devastating and I cannot handle my emotions right now.

It really is heartbreaking to learn of Robin Williams’ passing, but heart wrenching to know it was likely suicide. I have followed his struggles over the last several years as he battled addiction and alcoholism, depression, and health issues, but this is just devastating. As someone who has experienced these problems personally and in those closest to me, it is a very harsh blow and a very strong wake up call because all too often, those who laugh the loudest, and love most passionately, are the ones who are dying inside and need the most help. And all too often, those who have overcome such major struggles end up relapsing in the end. Many people will judge Robin for his actions this morning, but I will not. I will simply hang my head in sorrow and remember what great entertainment he brought us all. Robin Williams was a voice, a face, a personality that touched people across the world, he brought us joy, he brought us tears of laughter, he brought us memories, and for that, I thank him. Tonight, many of us will mourn Robin Williams the actor and comedian, but tonight, I mourn Robin Williams, the troubled man with a big heart. May he rest in eternal peace. Carpe Diem.

It really is heartbreaking to learn of Robin Williams’ passing, but heart wrenching to know it was likely suicide. I have followed his struggles over the last several years as he battled addiction and alcoholism, depression, and health issues, but this is just devastating. As someone who has experienced these problems personally and in those closest to me, it is a very harsh blow and a very strong wake up call because all too often, those who laugh the loudest, and love most passionately, are the ones who are dying inside and need the most help. And all too often, those who have overcome such major struggles end up relapsing in the end. Many people will judge Robin for his actions this morning, but I will not. I will simply hang my head in sorrow and remember what great entertainment he brought us all. Robin Williams was a voice, a face, a personality that touched people across the world, he brought us joy, he brought us tears of laughter, he brought us memories, and for that, I thank him. Tonight, many of us will mourn Robin Williams the actor and comedian, but tonight, I mourn Robin Williams, the troubled man with a big heart. May he rest in eternal peace. Carpe Diem.