May The Fourth – An Ode to Star Wars

Today is Star Wars Day, or in other words, May The 4th, and in honor of that I thought I would do a quick post explaining my love for Star Wars and why it is an important part of my life. Star Wars has for a long time been one of my favourite worlds to visit and throughout the years I have been lucky to be able to have a lot of Star Wars Memoribilia including a Star Wars encyclopaedia which is really awesome (although useless now that most of it is not canon).

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Star Wars has always been very special to me. Ever since I discovered it as a kid, when my father introduced me to this wonderful world, I have been amazed and in awe of the movies, of the universe, it has always been an inspiration and a source of dreams for me. As a kid I loved the original trilogy and whilst the prequels are not as good, I still think they are entertaining and fun. Star Wars opened my eyes to science fiction, even though it is more of a fantasy and space opera, and I will always be thankful for that.

As a kid I dreamed about becoming a Jedi, about exploring planets like Hoth, Tatooine or Yavin IV, about having a mentor like Obi-Wan Kenobi or Yoda or about having a best friend like Chewbacca. Star Wars showed me a galaxy, a time, where I could lose myself. I remember being in awe of Darth Vader, fearing him and yet loving him (I mean everytime he appears he has his own theme song, how could I not love him) and most importantly having a great time everytime I saw the movies.

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I loved so much that galaxy far far away that I would devour all information I could about Star Wars, I would read the comics, the books, spend hours upon hours on websites dedicated to Star Wars and think about the universe, about the force and play the videogames obsessively. Star Wars was a second home to me, a place where I could live vicariously through other characters and enjoy their adventures.

I was giddy with excitement when the new films were announced and even though it rendered pointless a lot of the knowledge of Star Wars I had gained for years, I did not begrudge them. How could I? They were taking me back to a galaxy I had loved for almost all my life, giving me new characters and bringing back old characters. Star Wars is back with new, exciting and fresh films that are expanding the mythos and allowing me to experience new movies at the theatres.

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This May The Fourth, this Star Wars Day, I will think about how many good times George Lucas and LucasFilms have given me throughout the years and how great it is to go back to that galaxy far far away that has always felt like home to me.

May the Force Be With You

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