May the 4th be with you

TW for slight mention of bipolar. Also, strangulation of Jabba the Hutt.

Today is May 4th. It’s a day that, due to a great pun, is dedicated to Star Wars. Naturally, I’m going to tie my post in with Star Wars. Specifically, Carrie Fisher.

Carrie Fisher, as many people know, played Princess/General Leia Organa. Leia, for many people, was one of the first females in a movie to Do Something.

I loved Leia’s character because she was strong and well-written. She didn’t lie down and take things, she got stuff done. When caught by an evil crime lord (the infamous slave bikini scene), she strangled him with her chain. She wasn’t afraid to stand up and tell people what she believed.

Carrie Fisher was much the same way. She was very open about her bipolar, and about standing strong.

But she wasn’t not scared. (Double negative, I know, but it helps make my point.) She mentioned a time or two that she was insecure, the digs from the media would hurt, and to top it all off, she had bipolar to deal with (among other things). But she stayed strong, she kept speaking out, and she was a great actress, novel-writer, and script-editor. And we can be strong, too. Even if we’re scared, or anxious, or depressed.

To quote a Tumblr post I read, “Stay scared, but do it anyway.”


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