In lieu of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens DVD release next week, on April 5, below are some of the thoughts I had after watching the film in theatres back in December:
[I just saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens, last night. It was a special moment for me because it was my first Star Wars I’ve seen in the movie theatre and I saw it with my boyfriend which made it extra special! I absolutely loved this movie! Don’t worry—NO SPOILERS!!
We all have burdens to carry or periods in time when life is one gigantic struggle after another....after another. Before I saw the movie, for a few weeks I felt helpless, hopeless, and like a failure. I felt weak, like I could never achieve any of my huge and wild dreams, let alone behave like productive citizen of the world, (yes, the world—more about that later).
There are various arenas of my life that are at their full capacity. I tend to hide it well, or at least I try my best…but sometimes, I have a meltdown with those I love and trust the most. My stresses are brought on by family dynamics, financial setbacks, the fact that the pathway to my career is a unknown and overwhelming jungle, (and of course I left my machete at home!) as well as creative blocks, moments of insecurity, (as a woman and an artist), and overall my general goal to be a better person, (but boy in a few difficult moments I completely forget to breathe, and send love and light). It’s a lot to handle sometimes and the bullies in our brain-- or for this reference, the Dark Side gets the best of us.
Last night, as I watched the movie, I was able to escape my world of worries and enter into a galaxy far, far away. I was completely immersed in their world. For two and half hours I watched theses fabulous new characters and my old favorites, push through their external and internal struggles. By the time I left the theatre, I felt reassured, that I too, am capable of conquering my dilemmas. Here are 3 lessons I learned from Star Wars: The Force Awakens!
1. There is lightness and darkness in each of us. In the deepest bits of ourselves there can be darkness: the feelings or actions that make us do, say, and think mean and hurtful things. Bullies have a pit of darkness and fill that void by spreading more dread and pain. There might be people you know who are actually horrible human beings, but hopefully we can leave that for the evil villains in the movies. Darkness can also appear in the forms of insecurity, doubt, jealous, envy, impatience, corruption and other poor attributes and vices. We’ve all had moments where we’ve been furious and thought, said, or did something purposefully hurtful; felt so tiny and insecure like we don’t matter, or were jealous of other people success because we too want it! For me, what’s worse than those actual feelings is afterwards, when I recognize that I felt/did something so negative. I’m like a dog with its tail between its legs!
But there is hope, because we also have lightness in each of our hearts and it comes out when you’re most connected with your purest self! It’s that voice or conscience that guides you when you least expect it--or need it the most-- that gives us the bravery to stand up to someone, or the encouragement to keep going! It’s also the lightness that lets us spread love and good vibes to strangers, friends, and family.
Lightness is shining bright when you go above and beyond the call of duty and help someone who really needs it! Lightness prevails when you sacrifice your time for a friend--maybe your bff is going through a breakup and all they need is someone to listen: you mute the TV of your favorite show and listen to them! (Something that simple can really spread the light)! It’s also when you’re feeling insecure, and your brain behaves like a total bully and you suddenly, (maybe even audibly) say “Shut up brain! I’m better than that!” That’s your inner light working. Darkness tends to creep in at our most vulnerable times (or even after something fabulous...just to test you) but you have the light that overcomes the dark within you.]
2. We need to use “The Force” within each of us. As we navigate through life we will face challenges which will force us to choose which to path to use: light or dark.. I like to think of The Force as our spirit or divine connection. Seriously, there are so many philosophical connections and interpretations in Star Wars, I can’t even begin to explain. I remember hearing somewhere that George Lucas based the force on ideas from Taoism...look it up...it will blow your mind!! The force can be the universal/divine/ spiritual connections that ties us together! If you strengthen it you can do all sorts of cool stuff like Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader and Yoda...If you’re skeptical it can even be something as simple as having an intuition, strong empathy, or even the ability to “manifest” something...think The Secret, or the Law of Attraction but much older and more sophisticatedly articulated!!! (Example) From what I’ve gathered, there are no such things as coincidences...a few weeks ago, I was in the mood to watch one of my other favorite movies, Pitch Perfect, and I happened to say it to my mom….well, that night she called me into her room and said, “Holly, didn’t you say you wanted to watch Pitch Perfect...it’s on TV right now!” CRAZY and TRUE...was that a superpower that I had? Maybe or maybe not! I think I was just so connected with The Force (of the universe) that we entered the same frequency....okay, I picture you either rolling your eyes, not understanding any of this, or going like: “Holy cow! I know exactly what you mean, Holly!” Whichever one, you can do research, message me for more info, or start a friendly conversation about this post...or just be psyched that you get my meaning :p
3. We are stronger than we think we are. Each of the characters in the films have varying struggles to overcome. Sometimes we can relate to their challenges: finding our identity or finding true love. But other times their struggles are isolated experiences: being attacked by Stormtroopers; or flying the Millenium Falcon without much flight training! We might not always believe it, but just like our favorite heroes, we can pull through even in the most daunting circumstances! Like the characters in our favorite films or books, we don’t always give ourselves enough credit or confidence in our strength and abilities...which is when we need our sidekicks...I mean friends, to help cheer us up, and find the force within ourselves to defeat the darkness! As Yoda said, “Do or do not, there is no try,” you either can or you can’t...and if you can’t it’s because you didn’t believe in yourself! PEW! PEW! PEW! Mind is blown...and sound effect made by the blasters.
There you have it 3 fabulous lessons that I learned from Star Wars...without spoilers :p
Just to reiterate again, I loved the new movie. It moved me in a way that I felt capable, powerful, and quite the badass!!! AND, it reminded me that connecting to the force means to connect with my universal strength! After the movie, I proceeded to have a Star Wars marathon the later that week. The rest of the evening I hummed Darth Vader’s theme song, started a Star Wars station on Pandora while I folded laundry; I even realized that I’d totally play with some action figures…not weird at all for a 25 year old woman! And while I’m not the most educated fan, I’m confident in saying this Star Wars is the S**T if you ask me!