In her moving Instagram post, Zelda Rae Williams, 26, wrote, “I spent this night shivering and laughing under a clear, cold sky full of stars with people I love just to witness something beautiful.”
In her message, Zelda Rae Williams said that she learned to deal with sadness and no longer resents it. She tells those who may find comfort in her words that “avoiding fear, sadness or anger is not the same as being happy.”
Depression, according to the 26-year-old actress, is like a “dark and endless tunnel.” She encourages those who are suffering from depression to hold on to hope even though finding happiness seems unlikely.
Robin Williams, Zelda Rae Williams’ father, had a long history with depression and substance abuse before he committed suicide on August 11, 2014.
In February, the actress said that accepting her father’s death was difficult but she has moved on. Zelda Rae Williams talked about her father’s suicide in an interview with the Today show.
“There’s no point in questioning it and no point blaming anyone for it and there’s no point blaming yourself or the world or whatever the case may be.”
Williams added that she got a hummingbird tattoo in memory of her father because hummingbirds are “fun, flighty and strange,” just like the late actor.
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The younger Williams has also committed to honoring her father’s legacy. She has been focusing on continuing Robin Williams’ charitable endeavors through the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF). The foundation, established in 1997, provides prosthetics and other forms of support to disabled athletes. Robin Williams volunteered for CAF for more than 20 years.
“That was his favorite thing, other than comedy, really was,” his daughter, Zelda Rae, said.
In the interview, Zelda Rae Williams assured the late actor’s fans that the characters he brought to life will continue to live on. She said his father had so much fun playing the characters that have become part of people’s childhood.
“And that’s what’s important and that’s not going anywhere,” Williams added.
Her Saturday post was not the first time Zelda Rae Williams has spoken about hope and depression on her Instagram account. Last July, she wrote about “hoping to fly through that very cloud” before announcing that she will be taking a short break from social media. The announcement came just before Robin Williams’ 64th birthday.
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