Monday, January 2, 2017

To Me, She's Royalty.

Last week we lost one of the all time greats. When I heard that Carrie Fisher had left us, I couldn't even fathom having the words. I'm still not sure I do.

Princess Leia was a mainstay in my childhood, a hero to a child who usually liked boy characters more. With her endless spunk and poise, she was never afraid and got more shit done than the boys did. I'm not sure there is an image that haunted (in a good way) my childhood more than the hologram of Princess Leia in A New Hope. "This is our most desperate hour. Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope." Leia taught me a lot of things about perseverance and believing in a cause even when the odds are stacked against you. But Carrie Fisher became so much more than Princess Leia to me.

Carrie was a shining beacon, an icon, and a hero to many. She overcame so much adversity in her life to send a message to anyone who listened: hope. She wasn't afraid to be herself: brash, funny, beautiful, and incredible. Her ability to be open about her mental illness helped so many come to terms with it, myself included. It isn't easy feeling alone when dealing with the craziness inside of your mind. She showed that it was okay, it isn't your fault, and you can still be amazing anyway.

This tattoo is extremely meaningful to me. It isn't just about a character from a movie I've loved my whole life. It is about hope. The buns are from the spine of her book The Princess Diarist. Hope is written in her handwriting. This tattoo is in honor of her but also to remind me to live true to myself, to never give up, and to have strength even in the face of impossible odds.

To some she's just an actress, but "to me, she's royalty." We love you, Carrie. You will never be forgotten. I feel honored to carry you with me everywhere I go.

May the Force be with you.

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