Today marks five years since Carrie Fisher ascended to the stars, it’s kind of hard to believe, isn’t it? She was a force to be reckoned with, so full of life and sass. She was our princess, our general, and so much more. I think about her a lot this time of year, I will never forget the day I heard she had suffered a heart attack and was in the hospital. I hoped with everything in me that she would pull through. Four days later when it was announced that she passed it kind of felt like that moment in A New Hope when Obi-Wan says ”I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.” She had a huge impact and the sadness was felt around the world. It’s funny how someone you’ve never met can have such an impact on your life.
Growing up Princess Leia was always someone I looked up to, she was smart, outspoken, and fearless. As I got older Carrie became someone I really admired. She was all the things she portrayed in Leia and much more. She was vocal about her struggles with drugs, mental health, all of it. On top of everything else, she was downright hilarious. If you’ve never read Wishful Drinking or The Princess Diarist I highly recommend them. They’re funny and you learn a lot about her life before and during Star Wars. I also have the audiobooks because she narrated them and they are even better when read by her.
Even though I enjoyed The Rise of Skywalker, I often wonder what episode 9 would have been like if Carrie were still here. Kathleen Kennedy had said it would have been her movie and I would have loved to see that.
”The minute she finished, she grabbed me and said, ‘I’d better be at the forefront of IX!’ Because Harrison was front and center on VII, and Mark is front and center on VIII. She thought IX would be her movie. And it would have been.”Kathleen Kennedy
While we will never get to see her have her movie I’m thankful there isn’t a shortage of content that she left behind both Star Wars and not. My only hope is she knew how much of an impact she made on so many and how loved and admired she was. She helped spread hope throughout the galaxy both on and off the screen. So today instead of being sad, I’m going celebrate the awesome human she was and remember that she will always be our princess because as Luke Skywalker once said, no one’s ever really gone.