The brilliant actress who played the role of Princess Leia in The Star Wars Movie left this worldly abode at the age of 60 in Los Angles after suffering from heart attack. Carrie wasn’t only an actress, the Hollywood princess and an acclaimed writer but she was doubtlessly a candle for so many out there. Though suffering through bipolar disorder, she used to reveal her thoughts about her ailment openly with courage and valour. An unwavering source of inspiration for a lot of people she was.
In a number of interviews, she used to talk about her mental illness and the consequences of this disorder she was facing. She was indeed a warrior and a real fighter who wiped off the stigma related to psychological disorders. Discussing about her mental disorder she told Questita Magazine:
“I don’t feel particularly messed up. I’ve always been quite sane about being insane.”
Once she said in an interview: “At times, being bipolar can be an all-consuming challenge requiring a lot of stamina and even more courage, so if you’re living with this illness and functioning at all, it’s something to be proud of, not ashamed of.”
How one can speak about her illnesses and weaknesses so courageously? Yes! It was Carrie who wasn’t only outspoken about this subject but also helped a large number of people suffering through this disease. She taught people that it is fine to talk about your mental disorder. There is no need to live in isolation or feel ashamed at all due to the fear of anticipated negative reactions of others. You can energetically challenge this disorder through speaking so honestly about your experiences; she restored confidence of many to reach out for support. She used to deal with her issues so audaciously that innumerable people became her ever loving fans. Her words were really the pearls of wisdom that made people with mental health problems to achieve their goals and turn their dreams into reality.
In an interview with Herald Tribune, she said: “You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow.”
Though Carrie had problems but problems never had her and it is what made her worth remembering and legendary. Certainly, these words are written for her “Your illness doesn’t define you, your strength and courage does.”