Friday, May 4, 2012

My Life Wouldn't Be the Same Without Star Wars

My life wouldn't be the same without Star Wars. I know that I'm not the first person to have utter those words, but those words are true.

I'm part of the generation that has always had Star Wars. I was born between ESB and RotJ. My brothers were the ones that were given the Star Wars toys and dressed up as them for Halloween. When I was a teenager, the Special Editions were released and the books started taking off. Brother #2 (eleven years my senior) and I shared the books back and forth. He took me to A New Hope and it was something really special that we bonded over.

The first time I met Sue in 2002 at SW Celebration II.
I love how it looks like we are on Naboo!
When I was 17, I was really getting into looking up things on the Internet at school. I decided to e-mail my favorite artist, Sue Dawe. I somehow mentioned Star Wars, and little did I know, she is one of the biggest fans of Star Wars. She lives in California, and when she was in college, Star Wars came out. She was already a part of the science fiction and fantasy community, and Star Wars changed everything for her too. It actually encouraged her to become the amazing artist that she is. We became fast friends through e-mail, and when I was 20 and in college, I went to my first ever convention with her-- Star Wars Celebration II. It was the first time I traveled in an airplane (and by myself!). It was the first of many travels and adventures (most with Sue!). She helped me through some of the hardest times in my life, and there to celebrate the best. I couldn't ask for a better Jedi Master!
Buttercup Valley where they filmed the sand
barge scene in RotJ. We found pieces
of the Sarlacc Pit 25 years later!

I met my husband Joey because of Star Wars. We both worked at K-Mart and it was his second day of work when I went to give him a watch to check-out for a customer. I noticed his Star Wars shirt and Darth Maul watch, and that was it. We both instantly liked each other, happy that we found another Star Wars person, and started dating six months later. He couldn't believe a girl could be a Star Wars fan. Little did he know what he found! Now, almost ten and a half years later, we are married and live in California near Sue. It is the thing, in a way, that defines us to people. And we love it.

As you can see, Star Wars wasn't just about the movies. It is about the relationships that I've formed with people, the most important people in my life.That is just one aspect of how the movies changed my life, but it is the most important.

And that is why my life wouldn't be the same without Star Wars.

Feel free to share your Star Wars story.

Happy Star Wars Day!

May the Fourth Be With You!

Natasha

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