I am positively gutted over the loss of my childhood and adult icon. She was a truly remarkable woman who meant a great deal to me.
Here is what I learned from Carrie Fisher.
- I learned that you can have a mental illness and still be successful
- I learned that you don't have to put up with people's bullshit if you don't want to
- I learned that when you grow old you can grow more comfortable in who you are and less apologetic
- I learned that you can do great and important things and not always get the credit for them, but that isokay
- I learned that sometimes the heroes are "chosen ones" and sometimes the heroes are the ones who put in the work and hand out the medals to others
- I learned that people will love you even if you are "weird" and write things that people don't understand.
- I learned that you can be funny, strange, thoughtful, brash, kind, confident, broken, whole, mother, daughter, and weirdo all at once.
When I say that Carrie Fisher was my hero, I do not say it lightly. Her loss impacts me more than any of the other great people we have lost this year. She was more than just Leia to me. In all the things that she was, she was important to me. She will be missed.