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Life Lessons Learned from Star Wars

Life Lessons Learned from Star Wars

Ever since I was a teenager seeing my very first Star Wars movie, I’ve been a huge fan and avid follower. Whether you’re a lifelong fan of the series like me, or a newfound Jedi, Star Wars has captivated audiences for decades. There are so many life lessons learned from Star Wars that can help anyone from the age of Solo to A New Hope.

young Han Solo

I loved this Han Solo movie – don’t have a clue why some people did not.

Life Lessons Learned from Star Wars

Here’s a few our family lives by:

Just do it!

You can learn a lot from the old wise ones. Just look at Jedi Master Yoda, who brought us such worldly advice as “Do, or do not. There is no try.” The line in The Empire Strikes Back reminds us that we should go for our dreams and goals. Stop saying you’ll try and just make it happen. This lesson can apply to adults and children alike. We remind our children that practice doesn’t make perfect, but it does make permanent. Practice skills that are difficult whether they are athletic, academic, or musical. Practice can help you and your child improve and just get things done!

Yoda a wise Jedi

Yoda is a very, very wise Jedi Master.

Family is not always who you expect.

I’m not just talking about the unexpected declaration of a father in a dark mask of evil. Family can come in many forms. For Luke, family came in the form of Yoda. He was an elderly teacher who gave the young Jedi confidence and the ability to save the galaxy. He also had another mentor in Obi-Wan Kenobi. Even Han’s right hand “man” Chewbacca may not look like family. But he was a loyal companion and family from beginning to end. There are friends that come into our lives that may not be blood but are just like family. Hold those people close to you always.

Chewbacca

Chewbacca is the best friend everyone wishes they had.

Girls can be princesses and warriors at the same time.

Padme Amidala, Princess Leia, and Rey are just a few of the female characters in the Star Wars series that remind us that princesses and admirable women. They are not just pretty faces in frilly dresses. The Princess titles (for Amidala and Leia) and the warrior spirit (for Rey) transcend traditional female roles in the movies. Most movies in the late 1970s (when the franchise started) did not portray women as fighters or warriors. Star Wars paved the way for female empowerment. They may not yet be saving the galaxy, but we tell Sophia and AVa they can stand up for their own rights and be anything they want to be.

Don’t judge someone until you get to know them.

Some of the best characters in Star Wars don’t necessarily look like they would be the loyal, loving companions you’d expect. When Han Solo first meets Rey, he doesn’t realize her impact on the future of the galaxy. As he gets to know her, he understands her loyalty. Rey also learns the same about Finn, the former stormtrooper and resistor. Many of the characters in Star Wars prove that loyalty to family and friendship is what really makes a person (or Ewok) someone you want in your life.

There are so many life lessons learned from Star Wars that we can apply to real life. If you haven’t watched the movies, start with the original, A New Hope and watch in the order they were released. You’ll be happy you did!

Darth Vader

There are even some good lessons to be learned from the Dark Side.


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Early Screening of SOLO: A Star Wars Story

Early Screening of SOLO: A Star Wars Story

The Star Wars geek in me is jumping up and down, because my inner geek and I get to attend an early screening of SOLO: A Star Wars Story on Monday. I am totally stoked to preview this film early with Triton! This way, I can stew in my own Stars Wars juices as I prepare to give you a decent review as soon as I am allowed.

Han and Chewie strike up a friendship

Han Solo befriends his future co-pilot Chewbacca in the new SOLO: A Star Wars Story

Early Screening of SOLO

Han Solo is one of those iconic heroes that has grown over the years to become bigger than life. The role Harrison Ford created is the stuff of legends (literally) and so this prequel of Solo’s younger life is incredibly compelling. Come on, you’ve always wondered how he got so rakish and brave. Now you will find out!

I mean, check out this trailer for a glimpse of what’s to come in this film.

SOLO: A Star Wars Story

The movie will officially debut in theaters everywhere for Memorial Day Weekend, beginning May 25. I’m sure we will see it more than once, since every Star Wars movie ever made cannot be absorbed in one viewing. Too many Easter Eggs!

Check out these stills from SOLO: A Star Wars Story:

Alden Ehrenreich and Emilia Clarke in SOLO

Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo and Emilia Clarke as Not Daenerys Targaryen

 

Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian

Donald Glover plays gambler Lando Calrissian in SOLO: A Star Wars Story

The film stars Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Paul Bettany. What a cast!

Stay tuned for my review after our early screening of SOLO: A Star Wars Story. Coming to a blog post near you. And in the meantime, visit to official SOLO: A Star Wars Story site for all the fun and games.