Robin Williams’ daughter, Zelda Williams, posted a heartbreaking, yet inspiring message about life after losing a loved one. According to Us Weekly, the message was meant to reach out to anyone who is dealing with similar grief and sadness. She shared the following words along with a photo of the moon, and its reflection on a lake.
“Moonrise on the lake. 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. 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.”
Zelda Williams, 26, has been fairly vocal since the passing of her beloved dad. While she doesn’t post too many messages, she hasn’t shied away from opening up about losing her father, or how she has been dealing with the aftermath. Of course, Zelda was very close to Robin Williams, but she really has been quite strong through the toughest of times.
According to People Magazine, Zelda Williams has also been open about mental illness and has talked about “ending the stigma.” She has encouraged people to look into various mental health charities as a way to recognize a very real issue. She has also encouraged those who may be suffering from mental illness to seek help.
Robin Williams took his own life on August 11, 2014. This was the day that the world learned that the man who made them laugh out loud for decades had been battling depression ever so quietly for just as long.
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