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Robin Williams' daughter shared a touching message about grief on Instagram

“Avoiding fear, sadness or anger is not the same thing as being happy”.

IT’S BEEN JUST over one year since Robin Williams died. The beloved actor died by suicide on August 11 of last year at 63 years old.

He left behind two sons and his 26-year-old daughter Zelda, who was also the subject of her dad’s last ever online message, wishing her a Happy Birthday.

#tbt and Happy Birthday to Ms. Zelda Rae Williams! Quarter of a century old today but always my baby girl. Happy Birthday @zeldawilliams Love you! Happy Birthday to Ms. Zelda Rae Williams! Quarter of a century old today but always my baby girl. Happy Birthday @zeldawilliams Love you!: Source: therobinwilliams

Yesterday, Zelda took to Instagram to post a touching message about loss, in which she speaks about letting the resentment go and maintaining feelings of hope.

Moonrise on the lake Source: zeldawilliams

She wrote:

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.

She goes on to say that it’s ‘not easy’, and pleads with people to always hold on to hope, no matter how down they may be feeling.

I'd like to take a second to thank all the people who made last night's @cafoundation fundraiser so inspiring and successful. To @ranchovalencia, for your unbelievable hospitality in hosting us in your beautiful venue. To @amypurdygurl and @breezybochenek, for your INCREDIBLE performances, and @rsewell92 and @rudygtcaf for your wonderful speeches. To @agassi, for possibly the best introduction and waltz down 'amnesia lane' ever. To all those who dedicated their time, effort and money, without you, we would not have reached, exceeded and then BLEW RIGHT PAST our 2 million dollar goal. To know so many people will be helped in Dad's name is the best possible gift we can give to his memory. Thank you, from the bottom of my family's collective heart. (Btw excuse the hand pose. Not pregnant, just in a very tight corseted dress, haha Source: zeldawilliams

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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