It’s been over a year since actor Robin Williams took his own life on August 11th last year. And for those close to him, it has been a never-ending struggle to continue their daily lives. For 26-year-old daughter Zelda in particular, coming to terms with losing her father to depression is an ongoing feat.
Shortly after her father’s death, Zelda was forced to delete her Twitter and Instagram accounts after trolls taunted her about Robin (shocking, we know).
But now, Zelda has taken to Instagram to open up about her experience in a bid to help raise awareness and offer support to those living with similar mental illnesses.
Accompanied by a snap of a moon-lit lake, the actress said: “I spent this night shivering and laughing under a clear, cold sky full of stars with people I love just to witness something beautiful. We mooned the moon and laughed ourselves hoarse, and I’m so incredibly grateful for every silly second.”
She added: “I came to a realization this year that I feel compelled to share here, for whomsoever may need it: Avoiding fear, sadness or anger is not the same thing as being happy. I live my sadness every day, but I don’t resent it anymore. Instead, I do it now so that the wonderful moments of joy I do find are not in order to forget, but to inhabit and enjoy for their own sake. It’s not easy. In fact, I’d say it takes much more effort to consciously do than it does to just stay sad, but with all my heart, I cannot tell you how worth it it is.”
“And for those suffering from depression, I know how dark and endless that tunnel can feel, but if happiness seems impossible to find, please hold on to the possibility of hope, faint though it may be. Because I promise you, there’re enough nights under the same yellow moon for all of us to share, no matter how or when you find your way there.”
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We’d say there’s a lesson for us all in Zelda’s pearls of wisdom. We applaud her.