Robin Williams’ Daughter Zelda Pens Inspiring Post About Grief One Year After Actor’s Death: “I Live My Sadness Every Day”

Zelda and the late Robin Williams
One year after Robin Williams' death, his daughter, Zelda, penned an inspiring post about grief and depression  Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic

She’s come a long way. One year after Robin Williams’ death, his daughter, Zelda, is reaching out to those who have also lost a loved one. The actress penned a moving note to her Instagram followers on Saturday Sept. 5, following a night out with close friends.

“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,” Zelda, 26, shared. “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.”

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's enough nights under the same yellow moon for all of us to share, no matter how or when you find your way there.

A photo posted by Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) on Sep 5, 2015 at 12:13pm PDT

The Oscar winner’s daughter also posted a beautiful photo of the moonrise reflecting on a lake. She wrote how grateful she was for experiencing such a beautiful sight — and laughing all day — with those she cares about most. (Zelda took a break from social media following Robin’s tragic death, briefly returned, and took a second break this past July.)

The Good Will Hunting actor suffered from anxiety and Parkinson’s disease before committing suicide at the age of 63 on Aug. 11, 2014. In her post, Zelda specifically reached out to those who suffer 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,” she wrote. “Because I promise you, there's enough nights under the same yellow moon for all of us to share, no matter how or when you find your way there.”

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