“Take your broken heart, make it into art.”
As we all know, 2016 was a doozy, and by far one of the worst. We lost some of the world’s most influential and evocative artists; most recently, the beloved and undeniably authentic Carrie Fisher. Now, while we all would like to leave 2016 behind us, I believe, we should all start this new year living more like the wonderful Fisher.
We all know her as Princess Leia from the all-time classic, space invading series, Star Wars, but underneath those killer hair buns, was one creative, eccentric, hilarious, and badass woman.
Born into show business alongside her parents, Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, at the age of 15, she bounced right into Broadway and made a seamless segue into the film industry. However, it wasn’t until Star Wars hit Hollywood that Fisher became a worldwide, cultural icon. From The Blues Brothers to Woody Allen’s The Hannah Sisters, Carrie zoomed through film as not only an actress, but a talented screenwriter throughout the 90s. For Fisher, film wasn’t enough and she simultaneously began to pursue her love for poetry. Yet Fisher’s fame wasn’t everything it appeared to be.
Behind her genuine, vibrant smile and witty charisma, Fisher struggled with alcohol and drug abuse throughout her career. Fisher never hid from her truths, but instead used them to transform her lifestyle and embrace her low-points and life experiences with her infinite talents. She delved deeper into her love for poetry, and with that came her success as a writer with the bestseller, Postcards from the Edge.
Now, apart from her great achievements in the world of entertainment, Fisher always assured she was an advocate for women, human rights and mental illness community before she was anything else. In a world where mental illness has such an imposing stigma, Fisher was open, truthful, and light-hearted about living with bipolar disorder. She wrote and spoke transparently and eagerly about living with a mental-illness, as to encourage others to do the same. Through her advocacy and honesty, she transformed herself from a Jaba the Hutt-slaying Princess, to an authentic role-model: a woman who could and did it all.
While she will be dearly missed, she will not be forgotten.
“If you claim something, you can own it, but if you have it as a shameful secret, you’re fucked!”