As Maz Kanata so eloquently stated, the light – it’s always been there, so has Star Wars. For as long as I can remember, Star Wars, like the light or the force, has had a hand in guiding and shaping my life. And thankfully, up to this very day, it still does.
That being said, if you hadn’t already noticed, a new Star Wars movie opened up in theaters this weekend. And yes, I’m being facetious. Obviously, if you’re reading this now, you already know or have seen the latest installment of Star Wars – The Force Awakens. For some of us, the iconic saga continues in its epic form and in its cyclical format – connecting the familial patterns that have drawn us in since the very beginning. It’s a unique formula, an intricate combination of fantasy meets reality and it’s perfectly balanced, well, from a certain point of view.
My mind has yet to fully digest all that it has taken in over these past few days and so, to make a justifiable “review” on whether or not this new adaptation or addition to the saga is worthy of recognition in the archives of the Jedi Order would be a bit premature, in my honest opinion. Of course, I must do what I feel is right. And so, just as lighting a candle casts a shadow, I must let the dust or in this case, sands of Jakku … settle.
Hope is not lost and this new band of heroes have only begun to test their abilities – their journey is just beginning. Right now, what I look forward to most, is sharing it with my children. Yes, all three of them have grown up with the movies, but never on the movie screen … until now. To view these stories through the eyes of my children, well, at the moment, I can’t think of anything better than that. As I get to relive this experience all over again, they too, get to experience all that I did and more.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is not only a new generational story, but an extension of us, our kids, and our fandom. They are taking their first steps into a larger world and as they do, we too, must move forward. For …
“the longing you seek is not behind you, it is in front of you …”- Maz Kanata
Enjoy this moment and Happy Holidays to you and yours!
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