I’ve been a Star Wars fan since the very first time I met Luke, Leia, and Vader. As a child, I was captivated by the story, the characters, and the idea of traveling through space. More than just movies for a fandom of nerds, the Star Wars franchise is full of multi-faceted characters and great themes such as love, death, sacrifice, and the battle of good versus evil. You might not know it, but Star Wars also has a lot of wisdom and life lessons. As a matter of fact, my high school yearbook quote was a Star Wars quote from Obi-Wan Kenobi.
I finally got to see Star Wars: Rogue One last week. I know, I’m the last nerd alive to see it. Rogue One was worth the wait and did not disappoint this Star Wars fan. I’m not going to give away any movie spoilers, but I thought I would share some of the life lessons that I’ve pondered since leaving the theater.
Live in a way that you can bravely stare down death.
In the end, you really have two choices. You can turn your back and try to run from death or you can stand bravely and face it. The first choice is the way of people who are weak and scared because they did not live their lives with meaning. Only the people who truly tried to live every day with purpose and a mission are able to stare death down as it approaches. To be honest, today I might be the person who tried to turn and run. I don’t feel like I am done finding and fulfilling my purpose, but being able to say at the end that I truly lived is certainly my goal.
The hope of one person can change the direction of a whole universe.
Hope is a characteristic that is often underestimated and ridiculed by those who value logic and realism. Yet, we cannot expect to accomplish anything without hope. It allows us to believe we are capable of tackling new problems and hope that drives us to go beyond our comfort zone. Without hope, nobody would take a chance that could change everything. You might not say hello to the person across the room who could end up being your future husband or wife. You might not travel to a new place or leave your current job. Little victories and big victories alike require hope. All great discoveries and accomplishments require great hope. Or, in the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
Our eyes only allow us to see a small part of the world around us.
Perceiving involves our heart and minds in addition to our eyes. Appearances can be deceiving. Now more than ever, we live in a world where we monitor our outward appearance on social media outlets. We choose what we want to publish, control the story, and choose the best angles and filters to publish our lives for consumption by our friends and family. We can even Photoshop our faces into different locations and bodies. You don’t really get to know a person until you stop trying to see them with your eyes and see the inner person with your heart and soul. Some call it a sixth sense, we’ll call it the force. Learn to use and trust it.
Are you a Star Wars fan? Did you see Rogue One? Do you have a favorite Star Wars character?