18 December 2019

The Force Will Be With You.....Always

As the Skywalker saga comes to an end this year,
it made me think of how Star Wars has effected me in my life.
It started as something I watched with my dad,
 who's been an avid fan from the beginning,
and bond with him
to something that means so much more to me than I thought.

A big factor in that development was the year I spent at Disneyland 
working in Tomorrowland in Star Trader surrounded by Star Wars 
merchandise, fans, lore, characters
and people that genuinely loved this story.
(I have a funny story about cast members that portrayed both Darth Maul 
and Darth Vader but another time!!)
I learned and "trained to be a Jedi Knight"
as I helped younglings and Padawans build lightsabers
and tell them stories of the Jedi before them that had the same color saber
or answered questions they had about various characters.
It was truly then I think that I realized how much Star Wars meant to
people and how magical it could be and it changed me too.
Yesterday I watched as "the circle [was] now complete[d]" 
and it left me in tears.
Our beloved Rebel Princess and Resistance General
Carrie Fisher left us too soon
but the way they paid tribute to her is worthy of everything she built.

"A thousand generations of Jedi now live in you.
The Force will be with you.....Always"
Watching Rey, Poe, Finn, and the 
Resistance fight against the First Order against all odds
is something to wonder and respect.
The story completes in a perfect way
and I truly hope all fans can come together after this 
and rejoice in the
amazing 40 year journey we've all taken together.

J.J. Abrams promised to surprise us,
and that he did.
Be sure you're paying attention to details 
and see some of the subtle
tributes he pays to the fans.
Music cues also pay tribute to Jedi, Sith, and stories past
which helped enhance the experience.

As for kids,
I won't be taking my kids to see this in the theater
there are some older themes that I know my 7 and 5 year old will need explained
and a theater is not the place to do that hahahaha
So when it comes out we will do a big movie night so we can pause 
and answer questions as needed 

As you go out and watch this conclusin,
remember #MayTheShushBeWithYou 
as Mark Hamill himself posted on his Instagram.
Let all enjoy this final chapter.

May The Force Be With You


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