How watching Star Wars as a child made me a better adult

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We saw the unmastered, campy Star Wars movies when we were young, but it's message was loud and clear, "The Emperor could never win over a father in the end."

Let’s face it, parents; the heroes we have as a child do eventually influence how we turn out as adults. If you loved Star Wars as a kid so much that the Force Awakens has you blurry-eyed and longing for Yoda and Obi-Wan, then you’re probably missing your childhood heroes.

Star Wars was not only an iconic film, it also set the current generation up to love Science Fiction and be interested in the fate of the galaxy. Do you want to know how watching Han, Leia and Luke could have influenced you today?

Take a look:

You stand up for what’s right

Taking a cue from Leia and how she never stopped fighting the Resistance, we understand that we have to stand up for things we think are right.

If you want something, you go and get it

Luke walked straight into the Emperor's den to save his father. Leia wasn't afraid to confront Jabba just to get back Han Solo. No one except the guy literally unable to move and the girl with a chain around her neck needed rescuing here. And even then, Leia was just waiting for the perfect opportunity.

You can be brave

Rewatching the part where Vader stands menacingly over Leia (not knowing she was his own daughter), you could either be in tears or deathly afraid. But what Leia taught me then was that it’s all right to be afraid, but that doesn’t mean you should let it cripple you.

Never stay mad at your parents

Remember that horrific scene where Luke returns to his home and sees his Aunt and Uncle burned to death? After seeing that scene I learned to always love my parents; since you never know when they’d be gone.

You can achieve anything if you have family and friends to support you

The dynamics between Leia, Luke, Han, Chewie and even C3PO and R2-D2 was what made us yearn for friends who understood us and would stand by us until the end.

Children have the power to change the world

In case you didn’t notice, Star Wars is about a bunch of kids asked to save the galaxy. If Anakin could win a pod race as a child and teenagers could destroy the Death Star, then you can do whatever you want as long as you set your mind to it!

The Force is what you make of it

Much younger children can be guided by how the Force is delineated between Light and Dark, providing a great backdrop for philosophical thinking at a young age. “If I’m a Jedi, I should be good. If I’m a Sith, I’m a bad guy.”

But as you grow older, you see that Light and Dark are two sides of the same coin, and extremes are harmful, as shown by the inflexibility of the Jedi and the violent corruption of the Sith. Mixed together in the right way, though, they create a genuine character.

We’re sure we’re not the only ones who grew up on the movies. What other things from Star Wars have you carried with you throughout the years? Let us know!

READ: Obi-Mom Kenobi: Star Wars Jedi Mind Tricks you can use on your kids 

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