Star Wars saved my life
What I’m about to talk about here I have not talked about it with a lot of people. 2012 was a challenging year for me. In January I deployed to Afghanistan. While there I saw a little bit of everything. From combat to death there will be things that I will never forget. But it was after a friend of mine died in combat that things started to take a toll on me. The stress got worse and worse on each mission we went on. Every time we went out it was always in my head… when will we hit an IED, will I get hurt, or worse will I get to see my family again? Well the one thing that would put me at peace after a mission or whenever I need it was Star Wars. I can not tell you how many times I watched Star Wars on my laptop but I’m sure I about wore out the hard drive.
Help me Star Wars, You’re my only hope
But it wasn’t until I came home that I realized that Star Wars helped saved my life. It was hard to adjust. When you deploy it takes a lot out of you and you look at life very different. Well unfortunately like many veterans I had a hard time adjusting and was diagnosed with PTSD, depression, and anxiety. I was in a very dark place and thought about taking my life. One thing I learned during this time was don’t be afraid to ask for help. The other thing I learn was that there were other outlets to help me deal with the dark times. That outlet for me was Star Wars. I turned my home office into a Star Wars room and when I would find myself in that dark place I would go there and let the Force take me to that place that made me forget about things around and put me at ease. So yes, Star Wars saved my life.
More Star Wars
So that brings us to today and wow what a freaking ride. From comics, games, books, and movies Star Wars is everywhere and I LOVE it. I am one of those people that really have nothing negative to say about the all the movies. Yeah there were a couple things that I was like OK, but I was just happy to get more. We went from only thinking we were only going to get the Original Trilogy to getting 11 total movies, a bunch of animated series, a ton of books, and live-action TV shows. What a great time to be a fan. So instead of trying to find something to hate with the movies from the past and present and people that love them, try to remember what you love about Star Wars and enjoy it. Life is to short to be so toxic and hateful. Find the things you love and remember the Force will be with you always.
I want to hear from you
If you stayed with me this long, I want to say thank you. I am sure many people looked at the title and thought I was only talking about the last 3 movies or made comments without reading. I am thankful I got to live long enough to see all this Star Wars content. While I am sad that the Skywalker Saga is over, I am also excited about what the future holds. So, share this article. Tell everyone about your memories and what it means to you. I can not wait to hear your stories.