It’s been a little over a year since beloved actor and comedian, Robin Williams, tragically committed suicide. His daughter, Zelda Williams, recently shared a powerful and touching message to those suffering from the same mental illness her father suffered.
“I spent this night shivering and laughing under a clear, cold sky full of stars with people I love just to witness something beautiful,” Williams wrote in an Instagram post, along with a photo of the sun setting on a lake. “We mooned the moon and laughed ourselves hoarse, and I’m so incredibly grateful for every sill second.”
“I came to a realization this year that I feel compelled to share here, for whomever may need it: Avoiding fear, sadness or anger is not the same thing as being happy,” the 26-year-old continued. “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,” Williams concluded. “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.”
This is not the first time Williams has spoken out about mental illness following her father’s death. In Oct. 2014, Williams tweeted out urging her followers to help her “end the stigma” around mental illness.
Robin Williams suffered from severe depression his entire life, passing away on Aug. 11, 2014. He had also been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease prior to his death.
“Dad was, is and always will be one of the kindest, most generous, gentlest souls I’ve ever known, and while there are few things I know for certain right now, one of them is that not just my world, but the entire world is forever a little darker, less colorful and less full of laughter in his absence,” Williams shared on Tumblr the day after his death. “We’ll just have to work twice as hard to fill it back up again.”