Just when I thought 2016 couldn’t get any worse, I found out this morning that the author of one my favourite childhood books Watership Down, Richard Adams had passed away. Only moments after posting my sadness to Instagram, I was informed of the passing of Carrie Fisher.
“It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,” reads the statement from Simon Halls, a spokesperson for Fisher’s family.
“She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly,” said Lourd. “Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”
Of all the celebrities that 2016 have taken from us, this one cuts the deepest. As a child of the 80’s I grew up with Star Wars and spent countless hours watching the films over and over not to mention the adventures I would have playing with my figurines. Carrie Fisher owned the role of Princess Leia Organa, and while she may have lead the rebellion against the galactic empire on screen, she was an even greater rebel princess off the screen.
Whether it was through her musings on Twitter or sass during interviews, Her unrestrained personality and incredible wit was nothing but inspiring and entertaining. If she had something to say, she would unapologetically do so without caring what the consequences might be.
She fought her own demons and came out on top, growing up in the public she used the spotlight to inspire people with her own journey and bring awareness to not just the struggles she went through but the fact that others were also going through them too.
“Because I grew up in a public family, I never really had a private life. And so if those issues are going to be public, I would rather them to be public the way I’ve experienced them rather than someone else assuming things about me. It’s freeing to do it. Shame is not something I aspire to.” Fisher told CBC back in September.
I guess I’m just shocked. She has overcome so much only her heart gives way? It just doesn’t seem fair!It makes me realise more than ever how much we take things for granted. In a blink of an eye everything can change. That seems to be be the cruel lesson of 2016. Cherish the moments you have with those important people in your life, because you never know when they won’t be around any longer.
Obi Wan’s words from a Star Wars: A New Hope seem rather relevant right now, “I felt a great disturbance in the force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.”
Rest in peace princess. May the force be with you always