For much of her life, Carrie Fisher said she wasn't happy. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 24, but refused to accept her diagnosis until she overdosed and got sober when she was 28. (She first appeared in Star Wars when she was only 21.)
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From drug abuse to heart-breaking relationships, Fisher had a hard life. This past year Fisher announced she would be writing an advice column on The Guardian called "Advice From the Dark Side." In her first letter, which invites readers to reach out to her, she explains that life is much different now: she's happy.
"I've turned out to be (at close to 70) a kind of happy person (go figure!). A human who's had her fair share of challenging and unhappy experiences. Over time, I've paid attention, taken notes and forgotten easily half of everything I've gone through," Carrie wrote.
"We treat beauty like an accomplishment, and that is insane. Everyone in L.A. says, 'Oh you look good,' and you listen for them to say you've lost weight. It's never 'How are you?' or 'You seem happy!'"
"I've gotten to an age where I enjoy my life. I've spent enough time struggling with it, and at this point it's living on one side of the magnifying glass; I stay on the side of making big things appear small."
"The most important things in my life now are my mother, my daughter, my friends and my dog, Gary. He travels everywhere with me! I love that saying: make me become the person my animal thinks I am. If I am who Gary thinks I am, I'm fantastic!'
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