Why “Star Wars” is Important to Me


Image from Disney Wiki.

If you know me, then you know that movies are probably one of the most important things in my life.

I have always been fascinated with the characters, plots and themes in movies, as well as the work that happens behind the camera. This fascination did not start until I was about six or seven when I was introduced to the “Star Wars” movies.

Everyone who knows me understands how important “Star Wars” is to me, but many do not know the real reason why, so here it is:

A few days ago, my Mom and I were talking about “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and how I was beyond excited for its release. Then she asked me, “When was the first time you even saw ‘Star Wars’?”

I found this question extremely hard to answer because I simply do not remember the first time I saw one of the movies; it is almost like I was born loving Star Wars. Now I know that is silly, so to answer my Mom’s question I said I was about six or seven years old because I sort of remember being at my neighbor’s house watching “Attack of the Clones” when I was around that age. I also remember secretly watching them whenever the movies were on television.

I never thought “Star Wars” mattered the first time I saw it, but I ended up loving it and continue to love it today.

Photo of myself when I was ten years old at Disney World.

“Star Wars” is what opened my eyes to the world of cinema. It showed me how wonderful and magical movies can be; they can open your mind and fill it with all kinds of stories and imagination. “Star Wars” did that and more for me. If it wasn’t for “Star Wars” I wouldn’t be trying to pursue a career in screenwriting and producing, and I wouldn’t love movies as much as I do today.

Throughout my entire life I have struggled with liking myself because my self-esteem is almost nonexistent and my confidence is usually at zero percent. Sometimes life becomes unbearable for me and tears form constantly.

“Star Wars” has helped me get through it all. Whenever I was at a low point, I would pop in a “Star Wars” movie and would imagine flying through space in the Millennium Falcon with Han and Chewie, or battling against Darth Vader with Luke by my side, or maybe giving other rebels orders along with Leia.

I view these characters as heroes, and if they could get through their problems then so could I. It helped me escape my problems, even if it was only for a little while.

“Star Wars” helps me relax, especially now that I am in college. Sometimes when I’m swamped with school work and my homesickness becomes too much, watching “Star Wars” helps me handle my stress.

There have been many times where I would have loved to call it quits, but “Star Wars” taught me that quitting is never an option. You can’t just give up; you have to keep fighting no matter what. In the words of Yoda, “Do or do not, there is no try.”

“Star Wars” also taught me plenty of other life lessons about the importance of family and friends, good and evil, what it means to be a hero and about making mistakes.

Some things have the power to stay with us forever, and “Star Wars” is one of those things. Without this saga, the entire film industry might be completely different. “Star Wars” completely revolutionized how every other filmmakers would implement special effects into their movies.

“Star Wars” has heart and meaning. It proves that we can gain something important from watching movies.

When I watched the new trailer for “The Force Awakens,” I couldn’t help but cry. It was like a family that I love was coming together again.

“Star Wars” is a major part of my childhood and the fact that I will get to walk into a theater and see a brand new “Star Wars” film is simply mind-blowing. If I could go back in time and tell myself as a child that they were making a new movie with Luke, Han and Leia and their original cast members, I would have lost my mind.

“Star Wars” changed the film industry and my life forever. I owe “Star Wars” so much because it helped me become the person I am today and for that, I am forever grateful.

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