Four Great Quotes From Carrie FisherBest known for her iconic character Princess Leia in the Star Wars films, Carrie Fisher was born into a life that should have been perfect. While both her parents were successful Hollywood personalities, she was plagued with manic depression from a young age.

Despite suffering from a very complex mental illness, she devoted herself to her craft, starring in hugely popular films and later going on to write novels, screenplays and a brutally honest autobiography. Her honesty about her issues, strength and commitment to life has rendered her a role model for people suffering from similar mental illnesses.

Four Great Carrie Fisher Quotes;

“In my opinion, a problem derails your life and an inconvenience is not being able to get a nice seat on the un-derailed train.” – If you’re use to things going well, it can be easy to overreact when something small and relatively insignificant goes wrong. It’s important to have a sense of perspective when you consider your problems. Think about how much worse things can be. If you can still get on with your life around your problem, remember that you are definitely in a better position than a lot of people.

“There is no point at which you can say, ‘Well, I’m successful now, I might as well take a nap’.” – A huge problem with ambition is that it never goes away. By the time you get to the point at which you think you’ll be satisfied, you’ll have found something else to aspire to. You’ll never reach a point where you feel like you have enough, like you’ve done enough, like you’ve proved enough. Be mindful of this from the very start, be aware that this will hound you. No matter how much you try to convince yourself otherwise.

“The only thing worse than being hurt is everyone knowing that you’re hurt.” – For a lot of people, being vulnerable in front of others is unbearable. But showing other people those soft and delicate parts of you will be what brings you closer to the people in your life. Even though it will be hard, finding one person you can trust enough to share your sensitivities with will ease the pain you suffer.

“I have a mess in my head sometimes, and there’s something very satisfying about putting it into words. Certainly it’s not something that you’re in charge of, necessarily, but writing about it, putting it into words, can be a very powerful experience.” – Individuals have a very limited amount of control over the world. Feeling powerless can be one of the most depressing feelings in the world. But if you can find some way to own your situation, even if it is as simple as expressing it all from your own perspective, it can greatly ease the stress it causes. Finding some way to claim an experience and to put your mark on it, no matter how unpleasant it is, can give you a sense of authority over it, even if it didn’t feel like it at the time.

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