By On December 28th, 2016

Carrie Fisher Remembered for Her Honesty and Advocacy


Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher’s fierce wit and honesty never seemed to fit in with the celebrity culture into which she was born. Really, her vulnerability and openness about her struggles with substances and Bipolar Disorder didn’t much fit in with the world in general. She continued to speak her truth, write about it, and worked as an advocate to educate people about mental illness, addiction and suicide. Fisher used her celebrity to bring these issues out of the shadows of stigma, and showed by her example a realistically portrayed life. She always refused to sum up these complicated problems with cliches or false optimism.

This was her best role–being Carrie Fisher. I appreciate all of her artistic contributions as well; her many books and films. My favorite being Postcards from the Edge. The line, “We’re made more for public than for private,” always reminded me a little of my own family (not a celebrity one, but a Southern one).

As the year ends, she is being remembered in some heartfelt ways and in some cringe worthy puns as the media does what it does to encapsulate a person’s life in a soundbite with the Star Wars theme playing in the background. I will continue to be inspired by her honesty, advocacy work, and endlessly biting wit.

“Sometimes you can only find Heaven by slowly backing away from Hell.”–Carrie Fisher in Wishful Drinking

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