|Alyssa and Ryan enjoying their books together.|
This is where I come to George Lucas. I don't think any other creative mind has affected me as much. I was 5 when Star Wars first appeared on the big screen. I was lucky that my Dad was a big sci-fi guy so we went 5 times to see it in the theaters. When it finally came out on video, my brothers and I watched it over and over, memorizing all the lines. I decided that we would shoot our own version. So I wrote down all the lines on note cards and began to assemble props and costumes. I got a little discouraged when I realized we didn't have enough people in our family to play all the parts. I thought about my tall grandpa playing both Chewie and Darth Vader. But I kept writing the lines. We never did film anything.
Then in 1980, The Empire Strikes Back came out. I cried when Han Solo was frozen in carbonite. But I knew that Luke would become a Jedi and make everything right again. In the meantime, I worked on my own Jedi Knight skills. (Ok, I realize that this makes me look like a huge nerd, but it's true). My brothers and I dressed in black and sneaked around the house, we focused on objects to make them move (well maybe I was the only one that tried that, but I was sure that if I just concentrated hard enough it would work....I still haven't gotten it.), and we practiced our fighting skills on each other. But I believed in Yoda's teachings like he was my Master as well. "Try not....do or do not." His ancient words echoed in my mind and they gave me the extra incentive to accomplish things.
By the time Return of the Jedi came out, I was totally immersed in the galaxy Lucas had created. I can't say that I ever became a Jedi Knight, but I would like to believe that I still live by their ancient philosophy to "use their powers for the good of the galaxy" and "always seek self-improvement through knowledge and training".
I only hope that I can live up to Yoda's standards.