Well, you know the rest, or maybe you don’t. Maybe you aren’t quite as far gone into the whole Star Wars fandom thing as I am. However, I have mentioned several times on this blog and proven many, many times in my life that I am pretty much a big geek.
By geek, I mean, I could have given you the whole “A New Hope” opening monologue and wasted your Thursday, but I am learning that sometimes less is more. That day isn’t today, but one challenge at a time.
Like many nerds, maybe even you, I have always been drawn to Star Wars films. Star Wars is the quintessential epic adventure of flawed people trying to improve themselves and ultimately trying to save a whole freaking galaxy at the same time.
That’s quite ambitious.
I mean, I work hard to get the most out of life, so I have to believe that we can all change the galaxy. But, it is a little unrealistic to think that all change falls on our shoulders. Even if we feel that we DO go it alone—in this big, wide world—we don’t. I believe that may fall somewhere in the lines of Freud’s superego theory, but maybe that is revealing a little too much of my inner-nerd, even for me.
So why the sudden need to dredge up the cliché “Stars Wars is the answer to all life’s biggest questions” speech? Although I try to refrain from being that guy who shoves his political beliefs in anyone’s face, I think no matter what side of current political events you fall on, we are all a little apprehensive about the next four years. Like I have also said before, I am an eternal optimist.
As we enter the infancy of Trump’s presidency I like to think that hey, at least we’re all still alive, our cities aren’t on fire and Sasquatch is still, at present, just a myth as far as we know. You can now spend your weekend camping in peace. (In case Sasquatch IS real, please see the fine print at the bottom of this message.)
In light of the fear of the unknown, I thought now would be the perfect time to figure out how we are going to survive these next four years together, but these tips aren’t just for making it through to 2020. They apply to all of your freak-out, oh-crap, what-just-happened moments and if you let them, they might just help you stay positive even in the worst case scenario.
The force is strong with this one. – Obi-Wan Kenobi
(Oh, come on. You can’t be surprised I started off with this quote? You know me better than that.)
What is inside of you is stronger than you know. It’s why mothers lift cars off babies and why many cancer patients are some of the most joyful people on the planet. You don’t know what you are made of until you need to use it. The force is strong, whatever you call that force.
Even when you think you can’t do it, you can. You will. You will wake up tomorrow. It will be ok.
Do. Or do not. There is no try. – Yoda
If only we could all talk backward and sound so prolific. Sometimes the best cure for feeling negative is just doing something about it.
Sure, you may not be able to prevent a wall going up or hateful things being said. You may not be able even to control what’s going on in your own house. Hell, I can’t. But I can try to change things—things right here where I am. Sure, my day may have sucked an asteroid, but if I look for small ways to make it better…it will get better.
There is no try. Just do it.
Judge me by my size, do you? – Yoda
I think this phrase can work two ways. For instance, if you are a woman in the world (maybe even doing a little marching), Shakespeare said it like this, “Though she be but little, she is fierce.” You can also look at it from the problem’s point of view. A big problem is not always solved with a big answer. Sometimes it is the small solution that is most effective.
Sometimes the solution to a great big mess of crap you never wanted or asked for is realizing no problem is so big that it cannot be defeated. If Yoda can open a can of whoop-ass on Darth Vader, you can sure as hell conquer today or a stack of past due bills.
Remember the force will be with you, always. – Han Solo
We are never really alone. I don’t want to get too altruistic. I don’t know what you believe in, but I believe that we are all interconnected.
We are here for a reason. If achieved your purpose, you’d be done. But, you are here. That shouldn’t overwhelm you. I think that says that you have a lot of good remaining to do here in the Milky Way. You aren’t ready to leave it. The universe is not done with you yet. No matter what you are going through, someone out there is going through it too.
As we go into the next four years, let these years be a metaphor for change. Maybe life is preparing us just to realize that we are all in this together. We are a force to be reckoned with.
I am so proud to be living in this time when we have something to rise against together. I don’t mean that combatively. I mean, we have a chance to make things better together. If we do nothing more than show our children that we can be the difference, even in our own home, this trying time will have served its purpose, and that makes me feel REALLY optimistic about tomorrow.
*THE FINE PRINT: Void where prohibited. If Sasquatch is discovered in your general camping facility, Joshua Harrell is not liable for said-Sasquatch related injuries. I would, however, like to sign your cast and bring you soup because, well, I’m not a jerk or anything.*