The Light – It’s Always Been There

Becca's Chava ChatAs 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 WarsThe 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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One thought on “The Light – It’s Always Been There”

  1. Lovely, Becca. Just lovely. 🙂

    When you wrote: “To view these stories through the eyes of my children, well, at the moment, I can’t think of anything better than that,” I couldn’t help but think that is exactly how I feel about seeing this new set up films (and have thought the same about my girls and Star Wars since they were little). My girls were old enough that they were able to see the OT when it was re-released in theaters back in the late 1990s (although they were very young; I remember reading the crawls to at least our youngest, who was only 5 at the time). They already had seen the films on video, so knew what to expect. With their dad and me, they saw the PT onscreen numerous times. (We’re all SW junkies. 😉 )

    Tom and I went to see TFA on opening night, and then I returned to the theater, solo, Friday morning. Both those experiences were great. As a special treat, when I flew out to LA on Sunday (to help our oldest with a special project), Erin was able to take me to a special industry screening of TFA Sunday night (she’s an AE/editor). It was an incredible experience to see it with her!!! 🙂 It was her first time seeing the new Star Wars film. 🙂 Already knowing what to expect, I glanced her way to see the look on her face at various points throughout the movie. I’m not sure she noticed (although she has excellent peripheral vision; it definitely looked like her attention was riveted to the screen, thankfully 😉 ) — which was a blessing, in my opinion. I didn’t want to distract her, but I really wanted to see how she felt about events as they unfolded. (I will leave it at that since I know some people still have not seen the movie.) Our youngest comes home from Japan tomorrow, and we’re all going to see The Force Awakens next weekend. I cannot wait to see how Caitlin reacts to the film, and hear her impressions of it. I’m as excited about both the girls’ reactions as I have been about seeing the movie.

    🙂

    There is a great deal to digest about this new film. Every time I have seen it, I walk out of the theater with new impressions, new knowledge. That’s the way it should be with Star Wars. At least in my opinion.

    I hope you and your family get to enjoy this newest installment over and over again. 🙂 I know you have brought them up right. 🙂

    Happy Holidays, and MTFBWY 🙂

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