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Zelda Williams pens poignant Instagram post about depression, joy and hope

"Avoiding fear, sadness or anger is not the same thing as being happy," Zelda Williams said in a weekend post on Instagram.

By Karen Butler
Zelda Williams pens poignant Instagram post about depression, joy and hope
Actor Robin Williams attends the premiere of his new motion picture comedy "Old Dogs" with his daughter Zelda Williams in Los Angeles on Nov. 9, 2009. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Zelda Williams, the 26-year-old daughter of the late actor and comedian Robin Williams, revealed she is still struggling to move on after her father's 2014 suicide.

Williams posted a thoughtful essay on Instagram Saturday, alongside a beautiful photo of the moon rising over a lake.

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"I spent this night shivering and laughing under a clear, cold sky full of stars with people I love just to witness something beautiful," she wrote.

"We mooned the moon and laughed ourselves hoarse, and I'm so incredibly grateful for every silly second," she continued. "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."

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Robin Williams hanged himself in his San Francisco-area home on Aug. 11, 2014 after years of battling depression. The beloved entertainer and Oscar-winning actor was 63.

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.

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