I’m a mom with mental health issues and a die-hard Star Wars fan. And let me tell you, it’s not easy to find a role model who embodies both of those things. But I found her in Carrie Fisher, the space mom we all needed.
I remember watching Star Wars as a child and being captivated by Princess Leia. She was strong, independent, and could take down an entire empire with a single blaster. But as I got older, I learned that the woman behind the iconic role was just as fierce and inspiring.
Carrie Fisher was a mental health warrior, a reluctant role model, and a general in every sense of the word. And let me tell you, her books spoke to my soul and my heart in ways I never thought possible.
When I learned about Carrie’s struggles with mental illness, it was like a light bulb went off in my head. Here was this amazing woman who had accomplished so much, despite facing the same demons I did. It was a revelation.
Reading her books, I saw myself in her words. The way she described her battles with depression and anxiety, the struggles with medication, the ups and downs of therapy—it all felt so familiar. And yet, she still managed to be one of the most successful and inspiring women of our time.
Carrie Fisher was more than just a princess. She was a general, a mental health warrior, and a space mom. She used her platform to raise awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness. And let me tell you, it wasn’t easy. She was a reluctant role model, but she knew how important it was to use her voice for good.
And even though I never had the chance to meet her, I mourn her passing deeply. Her legacy lives on, and she continues to inspire and empower people like me every day.
So here’s to Carrie Fisher, the space mom we all needed. Thank you for showing us that it’s possible to be strong and vulnerable at the same time. And may the Force be with you, always.