At the end of her genre lecture each semester, my film teacher asks us all “Why is the force still with us?” Over the years she has compiled a collection of reasons why Star Wars ties so strongly into so many aspects of our lives. For us, it is more than just a movie. It is something deeper. For me, I cannot explain it. It is almost as if I have always had a connection to “the force” even when I had yet to see the Original Trilogy.
I am lucky - I caught the tail end of the saga, being born the same summer that Return of the Jedi came out. I have (however small) a physical connection to the trilogy, and to me that has always been the little gold leaf on my heart.
It’s not that I spent my childhood watching these films and playing with make-shift lightsabers out of cardboard tubes. No…it was the fact that Star Wars gave me a childhood. It gave me something to hold on to, to wrap myself up in. It gave me the strength to look up at the night sky and honestly believe again.
Star Wars has taught us how to be brave, and how defend our honor. It taught us right from wrong and brought us to worlds we never thought could have existed. It showed us that there is a little bit of good in everyone and no mater how high the cards are stacked against you, that how ever complicated things become, good will always win.
So please, share with all of us (because why else are we here?) - what has Star Wars meant to you?