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Robin Williams’s Daughter Pens Lovely Message About Depression And Grief

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Premiere Of Walt Disney Pictures' "Old Dogs" - ArrivalsJust over a year after her father's untimely passing, Zelda Williams reminds us all again how graceful and lovely she is by posting a heartfelt message to her Instagram account. The 26-year-old (along with younger brother and older half-brother) managed to largely remain out of the spotlight while working on an acting career until the death of her father last August when she received a flurry of media attention. Zelda has truly proven to define grace under pressure while coping with her family's tremendous loss, as well as the legal proceedings and mess surrounding his estate. Zelda took to Instagram this weekend to post the following sentiment under a photo of the moonrise overlooking a 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 untimely death of Robin Williams has had one positive repercussion, and that is the opening of the discussion to mental illness and the profound effect it can have on a person and their family. She should be commended and applauded for her words and for continuing to treat such a delicate and personal situation with elegance. Bravo, Zelda. You're the kind of person this world sorely needs more of.

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