Thank you, Carrie Fisher, for gracing the world with your presence. I never even knew you- the closest I ever got to you was when we were in the same crowded room in London back in 2014- but the tears I’ve shed over your passing have been very real.
Thank you for touching the lives of so many and being a ray of light to your many fans. Thank you for being an unapologetic feminist and for showing girls that you can be both a fierce warrior, a princess, and a general and that, while you can look great in a bikini, you don’t have to wear one just because it appeals to others.
Thank you for being a part of one of the best (and one of my favourite) movie franchises ever made and for leaving behind a legacy that will transcend generations.
Thank you for being a no-nonsense, ‘sass factory’ as you liked to refer to yourself on Twitter. Seeing quotes from you appear on my timeline never fails to put a smile on my face. One of my favourites was one I saw last year in response to them pulling Leia dolls off the shelves because parents wouldn’t know how to explain it to their kids. You said to tell them that a horrible slug captured you, forced you to wear that awful outfit, and you didn’t like it so you escaped and killed him (or words to that effect). Simple yet effective. Thank you for not having the time for anyone’s bullshit.
Thank you for being so open and honest about your battles with addiction and your mental health struggles, especially in the face of cruel, ignorant criticism.
Thank you for your love for Gary, who is now possible the most famous bulldog in the world. Animals need more people like you to show them love.
Thank you for the love you have for your fans. Your retweets and replies on a Twitter, and your meet and greet appearances have been noticed and cherished by many.
Thank you, Carrie Fisher, for simply existing and making the world a better place. It’ll be a little bit darker from now on.
Sleep tight, warrior princess/badass general/wonderful woman. May the force be with you.