I’m With the Resistance
January 18, 2016, 12:37 am
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I just saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens for the second time. I took my Tiny Human to see it, as she has fallen in love with the franchise–like her mother before her.

It hit me, this second time watching the film.

These characters, even the original characters, they are all fighting. Yes, they’re fighting the dark side, the light side, The Rebels, The Resistance, The First Order; but, most importantly, these characters are fighting their destiny.

I’m not talking about the things they’ve always dreamed of. I’m not talking about anything easy. All of these characters start off by fighting something that will make their lives more difficult.

Finn. Finn spends the entire movie lying to people by telling them he’s with The Resistance. He thinks he’s being sneaky. He thinks he will steal away to the outer rim and quietly escape the life of a Storm Trooper.

What Finn never realizes is that the first time he refused to discharge his weapon, he was with The Resistance.

Finn just wants to be a defector run-away. Not a Resistance leader.

Rey just wants to be a scavenger who is waiting for her family. Not a Jedi.

Han Solo just wants to be a scruffy looking smuggler. Not a hero.

Kylo Ren just wants to be the prince of darkness or whatever it is that Snook is training him for. Not a mortal human who is at least half light. (I mean, Rey totally jacked him up in that fight.)

“I’m being torn apart,” RenBen says to his father on that bridge. The dark side is easy for the grandson of Darth Vader. It comes naturally. Jedi training, as we saw with Luke and Yoda, is hard. It is unforgiving and it never yields the results you want. To be a Jedi of the Force is to be a conduit of the Force. The Dark side promises absolute power in the place of that.

These films are fantastic voyages into worlds we didn’t know existed with creatures we could never have imagined. They are full of amazing fight sequences, sweeping landscapes, epic music.

But, with all of that stripped away, Star Wars is about the human condition.

How each and every one of us has choices to make in our lives. It is easy to coast along in life, doing what we have always done–walk in the desert, force choke people, put on a white helmet and obey orders.

But what happens when you dig a little deeper?

What happens when you stop being afraid and feel that awakening?

What happens when you realize this whole time you were saying you couldn’t do something and you were on the path of doing all along?

I can’t.

I won’t.

I don’t know where to begin.

Destiny doesn’t care if you are ready. You will never be ready for the hardest things in life.

Stop lying to yourself about what you are supposed to be in this life. Claim it. Say it.

Wield your light saber, even if you have no idea how to use it and–

May the force be with you.


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