Happy REAL Star Wars Day!

May 25th!  The REAL Star Wars day.  It was on this day, 40 years ago, that Star Wars was released in cinemas.  This day changed the lives of so many people around the world and our culture was never the same.  Thank you George Lucas!

Isn’t it amazing that one movie can change the course of so many lives?

In honor of this day, I’m going to ask all of you:

What is it about Star Wars?

Someone asked me this in befuddlement recently.  You all have read my posts frequently enough to know why I love Star Wars.  It changed my life, made me stronger, sparked my imagination, blah blah blah.

But this time, when the person asked me what it was about Star Wars that I loved so much, they asked me to say it in one sentence.  That was a lot harder than I thought.  You only want a few words on why I love Star Wars and what it is that compelled me to become an obsessed fan for over almost 20 years?  You don’t want a life history?  WHAT???

It was a fun challenge though.  My first response was (after A LOT of thinking),

“It pushes my imagination in ways I never thought possible.” 

Honestly, this person wasn’t really interested in why I loved it/the backstory and that response was good enough for them.  So, per usual, I’m turning here to give more responses in one sentence or less so that there is a more complete, holistic answer.

 

It forces me to become a better person.

I rethink things I have taken for granted and have a new point of view.

Rey helped me become more independent as a woman.

The soundtrack deepened my love for grand, majestic music.

The impossible is possible.

Enough hard work will help you succeed.

The scene where Luke stares into the binary sunset resonated so deeply to the point where I also have felt like I was made for something more than what this life has to offer.

When I wonder on how to deal with a situation, I can easily turn to Star Wars for some guiding advice.

Lashing out in extreme anger is not the way to deal with most situations.

There is always redemption, even for those you think are lost beyond measure.

I know from Star Wars and life that revenge is not the right course to take.

The Rebel Alliance taught me that you should always stand up for what’s right, even when you are in the minority.

The Phantom Menace taught me that young people can go on to achieve great things.

Star Wars taught me that loyalty to your friends is worth the price, even if a more tempting offer comes along to sell them out for popularity.

It made me a stronger person.

 

Tell me…in one sentence or less, what is it about Star Wars?

Less Wowed by May the 4th

I have become slightly less enamored with May the 4th in the past year.  I still think it’s a fun, silly “holiday” but it seems so random.  As I wrote last year, it came from a tagline from an event in Canada…and, well, it has now reached epic proportions.

But if you think about it, saying “May the 4th be with you,” doesn’t really coincide with the love people have for Star Wars.  As The RebeLibrarian recently wrote – and official Star Wars day should really be May 25th, the day that Star Wars was first ever released in theaters 40 years ago.  She strongly advocates that if any day should be Star Wars day, it should be May 25th.  And I’m beginning to see her thinking and will celebrate May 25th as my own personal Star Wars day instead (especially this year – where we reach the 40th anniversary).

So, today, I’m taking it easy a little bit.  I’m wearing my Star Wars sweatshirt, but I would probably be wearing that anyway, with or without a Star Wars day.  I’m also pretty sick, so baking cookies is out of the question.  I’ve been listening to Star Wars-only tracks today and that seems good enough for me.

I leave you with this photo of my brother and I at Celebration II.  Back when they did not have life sized replicas of beasts and locations and lines for seeing major guests were only 4 hours long….those were the days….