Photo Credit: [Revenge of the Sith] LucasfilmTrying to explain why I’m thankful for Star Wars is like trying to explain why I’m thankful for oxygen – there’s really no explanation needed. To me, Star Wars is like a way of life. It’s a part of the family. It’s something that I’m going to carry with me for the rest of my days, something I hope to pass on to my future kids.
I’ll start by taking you back to 2005. Revenge of the Sith, the movie that was supposed to bring the saga to a close and present the transformation of Anakin into Vader, was released. At that point, I’m just a kid in the third grade. I’d been a Star Wars fanatic basically since birth, but ROTS was the first film I can remember seeing in a theater. It’s an experience like no other when you see a Star Wars movie in that environment. It really is a spectacle, a feeling that you can only recapture by going to see the next one.
Revenge of the Sith really kickstarted my fascination with Star Wars. Yeah, I already had a bunch of the toys, played the video games, seen the original trilogy and all the rest. However, it was Episode III that made me obsessed. I just couldn’t get enough of it.
Fast forward back to today – Star Wars remains a big part of my livelihood, a part that I wouldn’t trade for anything. I love it all. I love all the movies (some more than others), all the shows, all the games, books, comics – really anything I can get my hands on. You know, there’s really nothing like Star Wars. I can’t think of anything that compares to it. It is, for lack of a better word, an empire. A huge, endless, boundless, fantastic Galactic Empire that connects people from all walks of life.
Obviously, there are more important things in life. Family, friends, living life to the fullest. In order to do that last part, though, you need some Star Wars in your life. When you see Palpatine’s Darth Plagueis story on your YouTube recommended, you’re not going to not watch it. Every once in a while, you just need to kick back and pump out a few Clone Wars episodes. When you pass somebody on the street and see their Death Star shirt, you feel like you know them already.
Star Wars is the Force – it surrounds us, it penetrates us, it binds the galaxy together.
Old Ben Kenobi couldn’t have said it better.