Robin Williams's Daughter Zelda Opens Up About Life Without Her Dad (PHOTO)

zelda williamsFor anybody who's lost a loved one, Zelda Williams's recent, moving Instagram post will strike a powerful chord. In a beautiful tribute to her late father, the inimitable Robin Williams, Zelda spoke about the grief she's experienced over the past year, and it's a journey many of us can relate to.

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Along with a beautiful picture of a moonrise over a lake, 26-year-old Zelda wrote a long, heartfelt message about the tragic loss of her father, and how she's learned to live with a near constant sense of sorrow:

I came to a realization this year that I feel compelled to share here, for whomsoever may need it: Avoiding fear, sadness or anger is not the same thing as being happy. I live my sadness every day, but I don't resent it anymore. Instead, I do it now so that the wonderful moments of joy I do find are not in order to forget, but to inhabit and enjoy for their own sake. It's not easy. In fact, I'd say it takes much more effort to consciously do than it does to just stay sad, but with all my heart, I cannot tell you how worth it it is.

I know how dark and endless that tunnel can feel, but if happiness seems impossible to find, please hold on to the possibility of hope, faint though it may be. Because I promise you, there's enough nights under the same yellow moon for all of us to share, no matter how or when you find your way there.

Moonrise on the lake � I spent this night shivering and laughing under a clear, cold sky full of stars with people I love just to witness something beautiful. We mooned the moon and laughed ourselves hoarse, and I'm so incredibly grateful for every silly second. I came to a realization this year that I feel compelled to share here, for whomsoever may need it: Avoiding fear, sadness or anger is not the same thing as being happy. I live my sadness every day, but I don't resent it anymore. Instead, I do it now so that the wonderful moments of joy I do find are not in order to forget, but to inhabit and enjoy for their own sake. It's not easy. In fact, I'd say it takes much more effort to consciously do than it does to just stay sad, but with all my heart, I cannot tell you how worth it it is. And for those suffering from depression, I know how dark and endless that tunnel can feel, but if happiness seems impossible to find, please hold on to the possibility of hope, faint though it may be. Because I promise you, there're enough nights under the same yellow moon for all of us to share, no matter how or when you find your way there.

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As someone who devoted his life to bringing others joy -- even through his darkest times -- Robin would, I know, be so proud of his daughter today. And I'm sure that Zelda's words brought so much comfort and hope to so many. There's no question that we lost Robin Williams too soon, but what a legacy he's left behind: a body of work that will make the world laugh for generations to come, and a wise, lovely daughter committed to keeping his memory alive.

 

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