The Original Badass Princess

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Saying Goodbye to Childhood Heroes

When I heard that Carrie Fisher had passed away, it seemed like my childhood crumbled.

You see, I grew up with a dad who loved science fiction. This led to me watching great movies like Star Wars at a very young age. I couldn’t help but to fall in love with these fictional character who were forever captured on the screen.

Princess Leia was my favorite princess (and since Disney’s recent purchase of Lucas Films, she is my favorite Disney Princess). Princess Leia was not afraid to stand up for herself or fight for what she believed in. She fought hard and she loved hard. Leia challenged the stereotype of being a princess who needed to be saved and took the fight into her own hands. While I was hesitant about the latest Star Wars movie, Carrie Fisher’s role as a general seemed perfect. She went from one awesome type of badass to being a badass general of an army.

While Princess Leia was a character I idolized, I didn’t realize how special the woman who played her was until I was older. Carrie Fisher was a remarkable woman in her own right.

Having lived with bipolar disorder, Carrie Fisher refused to be quiet about mental health disorders. Having struggled with bipolar disorder, as well as substance abuse issues, Carrie Fisher did what she could to share her story and encourage other people to get help as she did. Struggling with such a disorder and waking up each day to fight it, makes Carrie Fisher one of the bravest heroes of all.

“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.”

She showed us that mental illness does not hinder you from being successful. She showed us that there is no shame is seeking treatment for mental illness. She showed us that happiness is not dependent on what others think you of, but of what you think of yourself.

Goodbye, Carrie Fisher. You will continue to be an inspiration.

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-GW

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