The cast would never forget it.
Devon locked arms with his fellow performers and bowed low. The applause was deafening. Their smiles wide. The curtain fell as they waved enthusiastically to the adoring crowd.
He was found slumped against a wall in his dressing room the next morning. A spent pill bottle on the floor. Vodka bottle clutched in a fist.
A crumpled paper lay beside the stage make-up. He had scrawled one word.
The papers reported that he showed no signs of depression.
I honestly had nothing for this photo when I first saw it earlier today. That blankness continued for hours, then it hit me. So many people look happy, but they are really anything but. I thought about Robin Williams and the tragedy that surrounded him, but more than that, I figure there are people in all walks of life just “putting on a happy face” everyday.
I was told a long time ago that “you never know what someone is going through. Everybody is struggling with something, so be nice.” It was some darn good advice too! You never know how you may influence someone.
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Oh yeah, I made a podcast with this post using Anchor! It’s very exciting to be experimenting with something new. You can hear it here!