“A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away….”
Every time those words pop up on a screen, my spine tingles. Excitement swells in me as the text fades to a starlit sky.
That fraction of a second before the horns blare the Star Wars theme… my heart skips a beat.
And then it happens.
Trumpets blare and I’m instantly transported to another galaxy.
Any time I watched Star Wars as a kid, it was like hitting the pause button. The homework I had due or the big Little League game I lost disappeared. The complexities of junior high (and figuring out how to navigate awkward hormones) took a back seat. The acne and braces stopped feeling so overwhelming.
This past weekend, I was one of the millions who saw the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, and life paused again. I was giddy through the entire movie. Several scenes filled my arms with goosebumps and I’m not afraid to admit I even teared up once or twice. Sitting there watching at 31 years old, I felt five again sitting on my living room floor. For a brief moment, nothing else mattered. I was on an adventure in galaxy far, far away.
Here’s the thing, though: my relationship with Star Wars is more than just a boyish crush. This saga has helped shape and mold the person I am today. It’s made me a better person.
Today I want to share this magic with you.
You Always Have a Choice.