Happy IWSG Day AND Happy Star Wars Day! Today is also Jane Jacobs and my mother’s birthday. (I only knew the first one because of Google.) Today is also a day for me to celebrate those who made it through the A-Z Challenge and all the inspiration I got personally from that great communal effort put together by the same guys who IWSG. Thank you so, so much!
Today, more than any other day, is a day when I think about support groups (like this wonderful group) and how much we rely on each other to get through those tough times. Full disclosure, I’m not a big Star Wars fan. (ST:TNG all the way sorry!) A couple years after my mother died, it was one of those real surreal moments when I realized her birthday is Star Wars day. Even though I’m not a huge Star Wars fan, dorks of the world unite you know? It made me happy to know I’m not in “this” alone – whatever the heck this even is.
I’m also Catholic. Whenever I hear “May the Force/4th (heehee) be with you” I immediately want to respond “And also with you/with your spirit.” Star Wars is famously rife with religious imagery. How marvelously spiritual the idea of “the force” is – like our “higher power” or “God as we understand God” which can include our support group buddies.
We are all connected.
None of us can do this alone.
We need each other.
It’s not a dogmatic thing, but it’s about us being social animals. I’m sure George Lucas, wherever he is, would get that.
So here’s my question for the day: who do you rely on for help? What’s your support system like?
Last but not least, which is better: Star Wars or Star Trek? And – also important – old or new? These things matter! :O)
19 thoughts on “IWSG: May the 4th Be With You!”
I like Star Trek more than Star Wars, but we are planning on watching the new Star Wars tonight. I haven’t seen it, yet, and neither has the Biker Chef. I guess it’s our date night movie, on our own comfy couch.
Support groups are vital to our survival. Thanks for all your support!!!!!
Mary at Play off the Page
Thanks Mary. How did you like the new Star Wars? I have to admit, I didn’t really get it the first time through. The second time through I decided that it was best not to try to figure out the plot and then it was fun to watch.
I like the “and also with you,” response. I feel like it would be appropriately off-putting to some people. You could always follow it up with a Yoda quote. “With you also, the force be!”
Here’s my May IWSG post: It’s (not a) Shame about Rey
Hehe. You know I might try that. Yoda-izing. 🙂
I love them both and always will. 🙂
Anna from elements of emaginette
I’m a fan of the original Star Trek series and the original three Star Wars movies. I’ve never been able to get into the rest of them for either series. My support system is my family and my friends, including my blogging friends. As you said, we’re all in this together. Happy IWSG Day and Happy Star Wars Day to you as well. May the 4th be with you. (Saying that always makes me smile.) 🙂
Thanks Lori! May the 4th be with you too today and every day!
For me, Star Wars all the way! Also, old *and* new. The best is the blend which doesn’t forget history, but won’t ignore progress. Glad I found your blog late here in the A to Z Challenge!
Thanks Eli! I guess that would explain all the stormtrooper cameos on your blog. =D Thanks for visiting.
It’s not a post around here until there’s a stormtrooper!
I definitely prefer Star Trek to Star Wars and I prefer TNG over the original. I loved Jean-Luc Picard and many of the other characters.
My support is my husband and son as well as friends and people I’ve met through blogging. I hate to admit it, but my husband is my cheerleader (don’t tell him I said so), even though he doesn’t read my stories.
I’m with you Ula. Jean Luc is probably my favorite captain ever. And I’m sure your husband already knows. 🙂
I’m not really a fan of either Star Wars or Star Trek. I am, however, a fan of JJ Abrams, which means I did enjoy his reboot of Star Trek as well as Episode VII. Mostly on Star Wars day, I watch Joss Whedon’s Firefly.
That’s shiny MJ! I love Firefly too. Agreed, Abrams does know how to put together awesome action sci-fi. Thanks for visiting.
How did I not know it was Star Wars Day? I like both Star Wars and Star Trek. Not sure I could pick one. But, when it comes to Star Trek, I prefer DS9 over TNG.
We are social animals and we do need support and encouragement from others to thrive. The IWSG is a great example of people helping each other out.
Ah, a DS9 fan! I had this huge crush on Dr. Bashir growing up. And the whole Dax thing awesome. Live long and prosper! thanks for visiting.
My support group is IWSG.
I’d never have made it this far as a writer without the help of wonderful and supportive people I met through the IWSG.
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Left-handed Spock sign. Yea!