The 25-year-old will be carrying on his legacy and presenting a “Noble Award” in honor of his humanitarian work with the Challenged Athletes Foundation, chatting about the opportunity and opening up about life without her dad in her first interview after Robin’s death on the Today show.
“I think a lot of people feel his absence. But for me, especially, it’s going to take a lot of work to allow myself to have the sort of fun, happy life that I had,” she admits. “But that’s important. Anybody who has ever lost anyone works very hard to continue that memory in a positive way.”
That being said, Zelda has made it a point to stop questioning why it happened. “There’s no point questioning it and no point blaming anyone else for it, and there’s no point blaming yourself or the world or whatever the case may be,” she explained, “because it happened, so you have to continue to move and you have to continue to live and manage.”
However, she would like to encourage people to talk more and hopefully eliminate the stigma of mental illness. “I think one of the things that is changing, that is wonderful, is that people are finally starting to approach talking about illnesses that people can’t really see,” she said. “Nothing happens immediately, but I think we’re on our way.”
She hopes opening up the conversation will help people feel a little less alone, just as her father did.
“He didn’t like people feeling like the things that were hard for them, they should go through alone,” she explains. “And I think that’s the big legacy for him, and for me and for my brothers — that he somehow had an enormous number of people in this world who felt that he made them feel a little less alone.”
Her wishes are that each individual whom Robin touched will remember him in their own, special way, just as she will cherish the private memories she holds.
“People should remember what they want to remember about him. Who am I to guide what their childhood memories are of watching his movies? That’s their memories…I have mine, and they are mine, and I love that. They are private and lovely and perhaps very different, but who knows?” The important thing, she noted, is just that they remember him at all. “The world keeps spinning,” she said, “but that doesn’t mean he was never on it.”
See more from the interview in the video above.