I’ve been trying to come to grips with a world that no longer includes Carrie Fisher and planned to write a post today about her impact on young girls from the 70s and 80s. Then, I woke up this morning to the news that her mother, Debbie Reynolds, had died after a stroke. Part of me isn’t that surprised. It has to be one of the worst things on earth to lose a child. But, the sadness…
It feels like this year has been especially tough with my generation losing so many icons of music and screen. I’m sure there are those out there saying “you don’t know these people; how does it even impact you?” It impacts me as a human being. We are all part of this world and the loss of anyone, even someone we don’t know personally, affects us. When it’s someone that you grew up with, someone who showed you something of what you want to be, then, yeah, it impacts you. I read an article earlier this year that really stuck with me. It was written by a psychologist about this very subject. He explained that we shouldn’t feel guilty or strange for grieving someone we didn’t know (or a lion killed unnecessarily or anything else that we feel). Empathy and compassion shouldn’t have those rules.
Maybe one day I will write more about Ms. Fisher’s impact on me but for today, I will leave you with a quote that sums up why I loved her iconic character, Princess Leia. She is being held by the Empire and has been tortured by Darth Vader. Most people would be cowering and unable to function. Not Leia. When she’s brought onto the bridge of the Death Star, she says:
“Governor Tarkin, I should have expected to find you holding Vader’s leash. I recognized your foul stench when I was brought on board.”
The Force will be with you. Always. Thank you, Carrie Fisher.