Mine is but one voice in the cacophonous din of nerds expressing what it means to lose Carrie Fisher right now. Likely I will have nothing new to contribute here, nothing of substance, nothing that won’t have been said more eloquently.
In life, Carrie Fisher had pretty much heard it all anyway (she says as much in her last memoir, The Princess Diarist). She knew that she had brought to life a key character in what has become, for many, a personal mythos. She knew she was our Princess, our childhood hero, our (for some, anyway) source of material by which to polish Vader’s helmet, so to speak. She knew all this.
She probably even knew what she meant to those of us who face every day living in an Ascent Series Vitamix™ of a brain, while being recovering addicts on top of that. She may have known that we could look to her, think “CARRIE FISHER GETS SHIT DONE,” and live accordingly.
I certainly hope she knew that.
Years ago, she came to the theatre where I work to perform Wishful Drinking. I would stand in the back and watch her and cry. Because I was so close to a childhood idol, and because she was everything I could maybe hope to aspire to (I mean, minus the superstar parents, the starring roles, and the marriage to Paul Simon). I wanted not only to accept the neurochemical hand I’d been dealt, but play it to my advantage. In watching Carrie Fisher, I felt it could be done, with dignity and humor.
That’s what she meant to me. What she still means to me. It’s plenty.
Godspeed, Ms. Fisher. May the Force be with you and all that.