I’m sure by now almost everyone is familiar with the huge movie franchise Star Wars; and if you’re not, you better get on it. In the first movie of the original trilogy, A New Hope, we are introduced to the amazing character that is Princess Leia Organa. One of the most powerful, sassy, smart, and intriguing women in the whole galaxy. My father was obsessed with Star Wars, so I grew up watching these movies.
I remember the first time I saw Princess Leia shoot a hole in the wall to get into the trash compacter to save Luke and Han from being shot by a stormtrooper. “Someone has to save our skins!” she yells, holding a blaster she took from Luke. Princess Leia Organa was one of the first female leads in a movie I had ever seen.
I saw her fighting the Empire, becoming a General, and being feminine all at the same time and I was in love, she inspired me. She made me realize I could do whatever I wanted to.
Princess Leia will always be an inspiration to me, and so will Carrie Fisher. Carrie Fisher was a genuine, kindhearted and funny person. She dedicated her huge platform to talking about mental health awareness and female empowerment. (She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 29.)
Carrie Fisher dedicated her platform to mental health awareness & female empowerment. She is a reason + reminder to keep up your fight. RIP
— h (@halsey) December 27, 2016
Her speaking about her mental illness and talking about substance abuse, helped many people.
Carrie Fisher speaking out about mental illness was a huge factor in me accepting my own. Such a big inspiration. #RIPCarrieFisher
— Becca Farrow (@rfarrowster) December 27, 2016
One of my all time favorite quotes of hers is “I am mentally ill. I can say that. I am not ashamed of that. I survived that, I’m still surviving it, but bring it on. Better me than you.”
“I am mentally ill. I can say that. I am not ashamed of that. I survived that, I’m still surviving it, but bring it on. Better me than you.” pic.twitter.com/3irzF62e8Y
— alexis (@LUKEORGANA) December 27, 2016
Today, the world got a little bit darker. Today, the world mourns the loss of someone who survived drug abuse, who lived with a mental illness, yet became successful; she helped other people with their problems.
2016 has struck again. Rest in peace, Carrie Fisher. You will be missed dearly.