A Family Affair: Star Wars the Force Awakens

A Family Affair: Star Wars the Force Awakens

Parallels, Nostalgia, and Emotions

So I just came back from seeing "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" movie, and it was awesome. I cannot accurately express to y'all how happy I am and how my inner child is so happy too.

At the movie theater, I was surprised to see a lot of families there. When I was little, my dad took my younger brother and I to see "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones" and "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" in movie theaters, so Star Wars has always been something my family and I bonded over together.

As a kid, I was not that obsessed with Star Wars, I mean my younger brother and I would have light saber fights, but that's about it. I did not dress up as the characters or amass Star Wars momentos, but Star Wars has still been a huge part of my life.

"The Force Awakens" gave me a sense of nostalgia to the previous movies, and I could tell many people my age and the parents with their own kids also shared this sense of nostalgia. Their kids hopefully will want to watch all the Stars Wars movies now as I did after I saw Episodes II and III.

What gave me a sense of nostalgia? After watching "Stars Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" you will understand what I mean when I say there are so many parallels between "A New Hope" and "The Force Awakens." These parallels that I picked up on reminded me of the happiness and excitement I felt while watching "A New Hope" with my family, and seeing "The Force Awakens" with them was icing on the cake to this nostalgia.

If you haven't seen "The Force Awakens" yet, here's your warning of spoilers.

Seriously, get out while you can.

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Okay, so let's just take a moment to appreciate the parallel of Luke Skywalker and Rey. They both wear similar clothes, and both come from remote planets where they spent their time gathering and selling junk.

The droid BB-8 is similar to the droid we all love R2-D2 in that BB-8 is loyal to his master Poe, much like R2-D2 was loyal to Luke. Also, Poe and Luke are both pilots who flew for the Republic, and helped blow up the Empire's Death Star and the First Order's Starkiller Base.

Han Solo and Chewbacca are still our favorite dream team. And, Han has as much charm as he did when he was younger, and can we all say that Harrison Ford has aged really well?

Rey did not know she was a Jedi until she met Han Solo and was kidnapped by the Kylo Ren masked man, but she learned how to use the force. And, she used the force the same way Obi-Wan used the force against the Storm Troopers who were trying to take C3PO and R2-D2 from Luke. The force is a concept explained in more detail in "A New Hope" than in "The Force Awakens" but the importance of the force is crucial to understanding the entire Star Wars series.

The general who served Darth Vader often failed to follow through much like the general did under Kylo Ren, so Darth Vader and Kylo Ren often took the matter into their own hands.

Nostalgia was felt, but I still encourage everyone to see "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" with your family, or friends, or significant other. The Star Wars series has personally been a family event and bond for me, and I want other people to be able to share this experience too. It is so much fun to nerd out with my parents and younger brother!

For those who have not seen any of the Star Wars movies, I hope you will watch them! When your friends scoff and gasp when you tell them you have not seen any of the beloved Star Wars movies, I assure you they still like you (hopefully), and remember:

May the force be with you.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.

We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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5 Ways to Turn a Bad Day into a Good One

When you're down, these things will pick you up.


Let's face it, we all have bad days. Sometimes you lose a cherished item, you get a speeding ticket, or you're not feeling the best. These circumstances occur often, but no one wants to let a bad day ruin their week. Here are five no-fail ways to cheer you up when you're feeling blue.

Throwing a Solo Dance Party 

This is my personal favorite way to cheer myself up. When someone had upset me or I'm not having a good day, I put on some rap music and jump around my room until I'm sweaty and happy. Make a playlist of all the mainstream songs you enjoy and listen to them on whenever you're feeling down. The best part of this dance party is that you can do it by yourself so no one will make fun of your dance moves

Watching Vines

Most people like watch cute cat or dogs videos when they are feeling down, but I like to watch vines. Nothing makes one happier than when they are feeling nostalgic. Vine was a star plucked too quickly from our orbit. Watching these six-minutes videos never fail to put a big smile on my face.

Listening to Audiobooks

Audiobooks are a great source of entertainment. When someone has made me angry, I can always count on my audiobook to envelop me in its intricate plot and character's adventures. It's impossible to be upset when you are completely invested in the life of another. if you're hesitant to try this one, I would still encourage you to listen to an audiobook. This type of reading is an experience you don't want to miss.

Watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine 

Normally, one would say watching Netflix or Hulu cheers them up, but I wanted to go a step beyond that. Brooklyn Nine-Nine is one of my favorite tv shows. The characters are funny and really unique. This show also encompasses a looot of diversity, which is really important in this day and age. There is no bad day that Jake Peralta's antics cannot cure and that I'm sure.

FaceTiming a Friend

My last tip is guaranteed to keep a smile on your face for the rest of the day. There's something about talking to a friend over FaceTime when you're not happy that makes you feel so good. The inane conversations you while on FaceTime can never happen the way they do anywhere else. Friends are great, especially when you are feeling down.

It's okay to have bad days, but it's important not to let those days over power you. With these five ways to get over a bad day, you'll find it rare that you ever have one again!

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