May the 4th be with you!


A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…. George Lucas brought us one of the best cinematic experiences of all times!  If you haven’t watched Star Wars (and yes believe it, or not there are still some out there who have not watched this gift from the heavens), then today’s blog may not be the one for you. For those of you who have not watched Star Wars (my heart breaks just thinking that there are individuals who have still yet to watch…) be warned there will be spoilers! To all of my fellow Jedi’s, Sith Lords and Scruffy Nerf Herders, this is a blog for you!

The Star Wars Saga is one of the most, if not the most iconic movies of all times!  It’s quoted around the world, even having its own month dedicated to it! May the 4th be with you! May the 4th kicks off a season of celebration, particularly since the month of May has always been important to Star Wars fans. The six live-action movies of the Star Wars saga debuted in May (starting with the original Star Wars on May 25, 1977). The month of May includes George Lucas’ birthday (May 14, 1944), and has been the traditional start date of the popular Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World Resort.

Now I ask you what other movies even comes close to this. Star Wars transcends gender. To me, it’s a story of hope. A story that shows that good will overcome evil. With as much fun as it is to watch over, and over again. It even holds valuable lessons, if you look for them.

 

*SPOILER ALERT!*

“Many of the truths that we cling to depend on our point of view.” Obi-Wan Kenobi

 

One of my favorite lines is when Obi- Wan Kenobi tells us that our truth depends on our point of view. Reminding us to not be so concrete in our views. What is truth for you, may not be truth for the next person. What we “cling to” may not be what others would cling to. We cannot be so dogmatic in our views that we insist others feel the same way.

Take water for example. You look at it and say “This is something to drink” No argument there. Now if you were to ask someone else what water is they might say “Water is home for fish.” Both statements are true, and both statements are a different kind of truth. Both statements varied depending on one’s point of view.

“Do or do not… there is no try.” – Yoda

Oh, the depth and wisdom that is Yoda. We could sit all day and recount his lines and find wisdom in all that he says. What I love about this quote is it reminds us to believe in ourselves, and our own abilities. He was telling Luke to commit to his course and act decisively, also to have confidence. “I’ll try” implies “I don’t think this will work.”

By eliminating the word try, you make up your mind to either do something or not. You will either ignore the task completely or do whatever is necessary to complete the task. It implies that you will have the necessary perseverance in the face of any obstacles that may emerge.

A few other memorable quotes that also teach us lessons.

 

“Never tell me the odds.” — Han Solo

Don’t let tough odds hold you back, all that will accomplish is keeping you from experiencing something that could have been amazing.  Remember, even if an asteroid field is hurling towards you, your odds of success are 3,720 to 1!

 

“Why, you stuck up, half-witted, scruffy-looking Nerf herder.” — Princess Leia to Han Solo

This one might have been more for fun, and it still works through! Don’t judge based on appearances. They are often misleading. Don’t discount that scruffy-looking kid he might turn out to be a hero!

“Uuuuuuuur Ahhhhrrrrr Uhrrr Ahhhhrrrrr Aaaarhg…” – Chewbaca

Really, do we even need to explain the wisdom of Chewy?

While the idea of May the 4th did not start with Lucasfilm, the film company that created Star Wars has fully embraced the spirit of fandom that makes the day so special. With the exciting new trilogy of movies beginning with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Star Wars: IX this day we celebrate the saga, and its amazing fans is certain to become even bigger each year.

Star Wars means so many different things to so many people. So I ask you, what does Star Wars mean to you? I would love to hear your comments, or a favorite line from one of the movies, or books!

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