Believe it or not there was a time when I wasn’t one with the Force. Growing up, I thought Star Wars was weird and didn’t really want anything to do with it. It wasn’t just Star Wars that didn’t draw my interest, but Sci-fi and Fantasy altogether seemed like something only oddballs watched. As a kid all I wanted to watch was sports and occasionally a funny comedy movie.
And then 11th grade homeroom happened. Once a week, for 60 minutes or however long homeroom lasted the kid sitting in front of me would talk my ear off about Star Wars. It didn’t matter that I had no idea who the characters were or that I might have had my head down on the desk trying to take a nap this kid was going to talk about Star Wars (sometimes with bonus reenactments from action figures).
After about a half year of this I decided I needed to see the Star Wars movies because I couldn’t take one more week of non-stop talk about something I knew nothing about. I asked my Dad for a few bucks to rent the movies and then came home and fell in love. I watched all 3 movies in one night and never looked back.
I won’t bore you with details from the movies, because really, who besides me would wait so long to watch them? We all know the story. What’s always interested me about Star Wars is how much it changed me. I was 17 years old when I watched the OT (Original Trilogy for you non-nerds) for the first time and up until that point I thought I knew who I was and who I’d always be. I was a straight laced typical guy who liked sports and funny stuff. The end. Star Wars opened my eyes to a whole different part of me I didn’t know existed. I could get into Sci-fi. I could enjoy Fantasy. An entire previously ignored library of movies and books opened themselves up to me all thanks to these movies. Star Wars taught me that I never had to set limits for myself, that I could change and always try new things because there might be something else around the corner I haven’t tried yet waiting to blow my mind. I am who I am today because I watched those movies and that’s why I’ll always love the Star Wars Universe.
May The Force Be With You!