Following the first anniversary of her father's death, Zelda Williams, daughter of the late Robin Williams, has taken to Instagram to share a message with fans about dealing with grief and struggling with depression.
Accompanying a photo of moonrise over a lake, Williams had the following message to share with her followers:
Moonrise on the lake I spent this night shivering and laughing under a clear, cold sky full of stars with people I love just to witness something beautiful. We mooned the moon and laughed ourselves hoarse, and I'm so incredibly grateful for every silly second.
I came to a realization this year that I feel compelled to share here, for whomsoever may need it: 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. Because I promise you, there're enough nights under the same yellow moon for all of us to share, no matter how or when you find your way there.
The message is especially poignant due to the fact that her father, Robin suffered from depression for many years. Following a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease, the 63-year-old actor and comedian killed himself at his home in California on August 11, 2014.
Since Robin Williams's death, Zelda has often spoken out about her father's struggle with depression and has activity encouraged others to open discussions about mental health. She is particularly passionate about removing the stigma associated with mental illness.
Source: Entertainment Weekly