I’ve been a Star Wars fan for as long as I can remember thanks to growing up with my brothers, dad and uncles watching it.
I remember wearing my hair in Princess Leia buns to see one of the movies in theater for a field trip in middle school. Princess Leia was always my favorite.
But then Rey came along. She’s so cool – intelligent, brave, fierce, determined.
I think what I like most about Star Wars is how relatable it is. I know you’re thinking “relatable?!” But hear me out.
No, we don’t have lightsaber-wielding Jedis walking around with talking droids and furry Wookiees. We don’t have a Millennium Falcon to hop into and shoot off at light speed into space. But Star Wars is a constant battle between good and evil, the Force and the dark side. It’s just like the constant battle – the push and pull – we feel in everyday life.
And even those characters on the light side experience the battle we do. There are certain things or people or experiences that try to pull them in, and sometimes they’ll dabble with the darkness, just like we do with temptation and jealousy and sin.
But their master is always there, trying to reel them back in.
There’s backstabbing, lying, heartbreak, fear and family feuds. But there’s also an inexplicable joy that radiates and a sense of hope for the future. There’s love and teamwork and compassion. There’s drive and motivation. I always feel like I could conquer the world after watching a Star Wars movie.
It’s a prime example of yes, we know what is right and good, but it’s not always easy do what is right and good.
This past February I got to visit the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney World for the first time and.. It. Was. Awesome.
Disney has always done a great job of making you feel immersed in a film, but they took it to a whole new level with Galaxy’s Edge. It’s literally so cool. If you’re a Star Wars fan, it evokes emotion that can’t be explained. And if you’re not, it’s still fascinating.
You feel like you’re walking right through one of the movies. The food and merchandise is on theme and absolutely terrifying stormtroopers walk around yelling at you and nudging you with their blasters.
We saw a spy hanging out by the life-size Millennium Falcon. Unfortunately, the spy was spotted and taken away by stormtroopers, but then swooped in Rey and Chewbacca, chasing after them. It was like being in a scene from a movie.
We had a reservation for Oga’s Cantina and it was a highlight of my entire trip. The atmosphere is upbeat. DJ R-3X (Rex) spins tunes the whole time. There is a plethora of themed alcoholic and non-alcoholic concoctions to choose from and many smoke, bubble, light up – you name it. The bartenders never miss a beat with staying in character. It’s a thriving little place.
There are also alcoholic and non-alcoholic provisions. My brother and I shared one I refer to as a Petri dish. It was green apple jello full of boba balls, topped with dried fruit and pop rocks, and was eaten with a spoon. It was the strangest most wonderful thing.
On our way out of the land, they opened up the single rider line for Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run and we miraculously made it onto the ride in less than 15 minutes. It was amazing. We flew off into space, reached light speed, shot down some bad guys and pretended we were as awesome as we felt.
At a time where life feels uncertain, I wish I could go back to that day. But instead, I’ll share some inspirational quotes from my man Yoda and dream about going back to ride Rise of the Resistance and drink blue or green milk.
“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”
“Do or do not, there is no try.”
Don’t let fear get the best of you during this time. Don’t let the dark side pull you in. Let’s do good and helpful things. Let’s look toward the light.
Here’s to new adventures this month. May the force be with you.