I grew up with Star Wars. I can still remember the first time I watched it. My dad has a cabin up in the middle of nowhere, and after buying one of those hokey old travel TVs, we set out to watch A New Hope on our way there.
Of course, I loved it. Felt incredibly guilty about watching it – hoped my mom would be okay with it – and it became a new tradition after that.
Now-a-days, the show isn’t as nerdy as it is mainstream, I guess, and although I love all the new stuff coming out, I feel like all the hype takes away from what the series always was for me. Regardless, in honor of Star Wars day yesterday, I made a list of the top twenty lessons the movies taught me.
- There’s good in everyone, no matter how many awful things they’ve done. No one is beyond redemption.
- Rebels are awesome. Rebel princesses are even more awesome.
- If you don’t want to end up as wall decor in someone’s house, always pay off your debts.
- Fear is the easiest emotion to be manipulated by others.
- Breaking the rules isn’t always a bad thing.
- Sometimes the smallest things can make the biggest impact.
- If you’re freezing to death, cut open the animal closest to you and sleep in it’s stomach for the night.
- Good causes require sacrifices, and that’s beautiful in its own right.
- Even whiny teenage boys can hold greatness within them.
- You never know if you’re the next chosen one or not.
- Sometimes you have to wait a good long while before it’s time to take action.
- There’s a force of good and evil inside all of us, and its up to us to decide which path we want to take.
- Never give up on those you love, even if all hope seems lost.
- On that note, the world is never without hope.
- If you cut someone in half with a lightsaber, the sword is so hot that their wounds will be instantly cauterized and they won’t bleed.
- Losing a limb is a lot more common than you might think.
- Evil rules by fear. There is nothing to gain from serving it besides death.
- Harrison Ford is a babe.
- You can actually die of heartbreak
- We all have a role to play in the world, and no matter how small it may seem, you’re of great significance.
What lessons have you learned from the movies / books / TV series / etc?