Zelda Williams Shares Hopeful Message on Coping With Depression and Grief

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More than a year after Robin Williams' tragic suicide, Zelda Williams has written a touching letter that articulates her bouts with depression and grief in the wake of her loss. The 26-year-old actress took to Instagram to share a photo of the moon rising over a lake, accompanied by a poignant caption.

"I came to a realization this year that I feel compelled to share here, for whomsoever may need it," Zelda wrote. "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."

She then went on to address others who may be battling depression, urging them to remain hopeful.

"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." She continued, "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."

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.

A photo posted by Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) on

Shortly after her father passed, Zelda quit social media temporarily, but we appreciate the fact that she's using the platform as a way to share and inspire others to stay determined in rough times even when she's in the midst of her own.
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