Life

Okay, I’m back.

It’s been a while.

Summer really did come and go. A lot happened and I definitely got distracted. For my birthday, I built my first computer and started playing games like Overwatch, PUBG, and World of Warcraft. School started and work got busier, and then a hurricane came… straight for us. I know. It’s October now and I can’t believe Halloween is almost upon us. 2017, this truly shitty year, is almost over.

I did think about this blog often and thought a lot about what direction I wanted to go. When I started I decided that I wanted to do a lifestyle blog. I wanted to talk about everything- the world, my life, Star Wars, etc. It’s kind of overwhelming to have so many options and not really know where to begin. Sometimes I want to go full on Star Wars blog, nothing but Star Wars news, thoughts and opinions, analyses and reviews, fashion recommendations, the whole deal. However, I don’t want to restrict myself if there is something I’m passionate about that isn’t Star Wars that I feel like I have to talk about. So for now I think Jedi Lore will continue as a lifestyle blog and perhaps I will attempt to do a fun Star Wars series that will hopefully help me keep going.

Blogging isn’t hard, I just need to find my place.

Life

Leia is a Princess, Carrie Fisher was a Queen

My love for Carrie Fisher is unconditional.

I didn’t know her and I never got to meet her. I had so many chances over the years that I now have so many regrets. I did, however, get to be in the same room as her at Star Wars Celebration V in Orlando, FL. And I can honestly say that she brought with her a unique and dominating presence that both scared and delighted you. She was so self-assured in her tone and body language that it was almost intimidating. This woman who had been through so much had the ability to captivate you while also making you laugh uncontrollably. Her humor was unique and self-deprecating and I will miss her forever.

For anyone who may have not known too much about Carrie or her life, I’d recommend watching the HBO documentaries Wishful Drinking and Bright Lights, as well as reading the Wishful Drinking autobiography and The Princess Diarist, which was released roughly a month before she passed. Other recommendations would include her semi-autobiography Postcards from the Edge and watching any Star Wars Celebration panel she’s featured in on YouTube (they are absolutely hilarious).

Her writings over the years have inspired me to be confident in my own writing and in my own life. The reason Carrie is so beloved, besides playing one of the most recognizable characters in film, is her openness regarding mental health. I deal with a lot of anxiety every day, I have never been diagnosed with anything, so I will refrain from attempting to label myself. However, I do know that I don’t feel as alone when I read about someone else’s struggles and Carrie spoke a lot about her struggles. She desperately wanted to put an end to the stigmas that surrounded mental illness and its treatments.

I felt like writing about Carrie because she’s in the news again. I didn’t want to discuss what most outlets are talking about because it’s not really important. Carrie Fisher was a Queen. For all her faults and all her flaws and everything that made her human, she was able to survive a lot of traumatic experiences. She was able to pick up her head and take back her life, even if it was just for a period of time.

In the end, she lost.

I know that she not only inspired me and countless others, but she will continue to inspire for years to come. It won’t just be Star Wars fans, but little girls, and people who suffer from mental illness and addiction. Her openness will save people. So, maybe… she won after all.

Rest In Peace, Carrie Fisher. Thank you for all that you did while you were here, for constantly fueling my “fuck off” attitude, and the inspiration to wear lots of glitter no matter the occasion.

Life · Travel

Day Out: 136/365

Yesterday we visited the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, FL. My SO is a really big admirer of Japan and its culture and we had been wanting to go for a while. The museum unfortunately was closed, but the gardens were open and were absolutely beautiful. I saw lots of flora I had never seen before and I got to hear the sound of bamboo blowing in the wind, which made me very happy. We also experienced a centuries-old tea ceremony and ate the most amazing Pan-Asian cuisine at their Cornell Café. I would highly recommend a visit to Morikami if you’re ever in the South Florida area, it’s a really unique way to spend the day.

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