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Remembering Carrie Fisher, one year after her death

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Today is the one year anniversary of Carrie Fisher’s death.

The actress suffered a massive heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles and was taken to the hospital, where she passed four days later at the age of 60.

It’s just now that we’re getting our last look at Carrie on screen in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," as she marks almost 40 years as an inspiration for young women.

I’ve been a "Star Wars" fan my whole life, but it wasn’t until Carrie’s death that I realized what an inspiration she had been and how much she really meant to people.

When she passed last year a lot of people were sharing photos of Carrie as a young Princess Leia, but a few fans were quick to point out that it’s not the princess they look up to but rather the role she portrays in this new trilogy as General Organa.

It’s easy to think of "Star Wars" as just goofy sci-fi movies, which they are, but the character of Leia is something to be owed a great deal of respect.

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This is someone who’s lost everything -- her home, her family -- and not for a second does she let that dissuade her from the fighting in the rebellion. In fact, it only energizes her further until she finally rises in the ranks all the way to general.

On this day, let us look to Carrie and Leia for inspiration and remember to never give up.

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