A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away…
I think perhaps that sentence has become immortalised within my brain alongside it’s story. I remember watching Star Wars so frequently when I was little girl, the movies going over and over – just like they are now. The world has come to mean so much to me, as much as Harry Potter did in order to represent my childhood. Yet this post isn’t about Star Wars, it’s not even about Leia as you may have expected. Well it involves a little of Leia but mainly it is a tribute to the actress, Carrie Fisher.
When I was little I adored Disney. Though I didn’t especially like the Disney princesses. Instead I was more drawn to characters such as Mulan, Miss Bianca and Clucky (Robin Hood), in short I was more interested in the women whom could look after themselves rather than be completely dependant on a man. Perhaps that is why when I watched Star Wars, I was so drawn to Leia as a character and by extension Carrie Fisher. Simply because the Princess didn’t need to be saved but rather could save herself and lead a rebellion without fear for own life but more for the people she represented.
Over the years, my admiration of Leia transferred over to Carrie Fisher herself. For me Carrie was a symbol of what it was like to not give a shit. The way she was so vocal, honest and opinionated was what made me admire her. She was so unapologetic, feisty and funny – for me she was a real person not clouded by the celebrity status bestowed upon her. She didn’t hide away her mental health as if it was something to be ashamed of but rather she became an advocate. She was outspoken and completely herself which from what I’ve seen is absolutely bonkers. Over the years I looked at Carrie, not only as Princess Leia, but more as a person while I read her novels and watched her interviews.
I know it may seem silly to be writing on a person you’ve never met, yet for me Carrie had a huge impact on my life. From the little girl watching Star Wars to the woman I am now who is still watching. Carrie made me brave, she made me realise that I didn’t have to hide or be ashamed of any part of who I am because simply that is me. And anyone who didn’t like it, didn’t really matter.
Carrie was my inspiration. She was the role model and someone that I could look up to from being so young. That is why I am writing this, I want to say thank you to Carrie, for all she was and brought to the world and the Star Wars universe. Thank you.