My name is Lauryn. This is my blog.
While I have started and quickly abandoned many blogs in my life, this is my first official blog. I hope to have this blog with me for however long I choose to tell you about my life, and if you haven’t guessed already, this blog will most likely feature a lot of Star Wars. Sorry, not sorry.
Some fun facts about me: I watch a lot of movies and TV shows! Too many, in fact. I may have a problem. I love writing. I can’t say I’m any good at it, but it’s one of the reasons I’m here. I hope blogging will inspire me to write more and eventually write my own original material. I’m also a pop culture fiend. I consume most forms of entertainment like video games, music, comedy, podcasts, etc.
I guess you could say I’m a nerd.
Now that I’ve given you an idea of what this blog will feature and the topics I will probably discuss in the future, I want to focus on something that’s been on my mind recently.
Yes, Star Wars has been on my mind.
May 25, 2017 marked the 40th Anniversary of the original Star Wars release in US theaters. I will start by saying I’m in my early 20s, so no, I wasn’t there to experience it first hand. However, I have been a fan for the last 11 years and Star Wars has been a huge part of my world.
I discovered Star Wars at a time in my life when everything seemed pretty grim. I was a kid who had just moved from their beloved home state, who started going to a new school with no friends, and who had a hard time adjusting to their new home life.
I truly believe that Star Wars came to me. It found me. I will never forget the feeling of acceptance I felt with Star Wars. I will always remember the summer I discovered these movies. Two months spent watching and breathing in all six films, playing all the old video games I could get my hands on, reading as many expanded universe novels as I could find, researching every character and planet on Wookiepedia and the Star Wars Databank. I was hooked and I never looked back.
Fast forward 11 years, I have been to three Star Wars Celebrations, I have my own personal Star Wars collection, I have introduced several friends over the years to the movies, and to this day I still get the exact same feeling I got when I first saw a Star Wars film, the feeling of hope.
I know. I know. I just cringed.
But it’s true!
If I could use only one word to describe the feeling I got and the feeling I still get, it’s hope. Star Wars took me away from my real life and transported me to a fantastical universe. It gave me something to look forward to and it took away my loneliness. As I got older, I came across other movies and books that I would grow to love, but never in the same way. Whenever I would find myself in a depressed state of mind or whenever I felt lonely, I would turn to Star Wars and get wrapped up in that universe over and over again.
That is why Star Wars is so special to me, because it came to me at a time when I needed it the most. To this day, I return to it looking for some sort of escapism and it never disappoints. So, not only am I celebrating its 40-year existence, but I’m also expressing deep gratitude and thankfulness that it does exist and still continues to give me hope.