It was last summer that beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams committed suicide after a decades-long battle with depression and addiction, and this weekend, his 26-year-old daughter Zelda spoke out about her own struggle. In an Instagram post, she encouraged followers who may also suffer from depression to hold on to hope of better days, even during the most difficult times.
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.