She was my first Princess.
She was a lot of things to a lot of people, but to me, she was my first ever Princess. I only got to meet her once. I was at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando. I’d taken something for her to sign, it was a toy. The Betrayal of Bespin scene with Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Han Solo, C-3PO and Princess Leia. She touched it to sign it and said, “Aww, this is so cool!” And I burst into tears. I told her she was my first Princess ever. She signed my toy and I walked away.
As far as I’m concerned, we can go back to December 31st, 2015 and start this year over again. This year has sucked on so many levels, some personally, some not so personally. David Bowie, Prince, Alan Rickman, so many others taken from us… the one that hits me the hardest is this.
Princess Leia Organa (Solo) the character and Carrie Fisher the actress… they’ve impacted my life in so many countless ways. I haven’t been above saying, “What would Leia do?” This usually extended to “Or Padme? Or Ahsoka? Or Jaina?” in my head. But Leia… she was the first. She was the one I looked up to first. She will always be my favorite Princess. Rest in Peace, Princess, Senator, Advocate, Carrie Fisher. You will always be amazing.
P.S. 2016, I’m coming for you with the fury of a bad ass.