Over the holidays, our family went to Disney World for the first time. It was a great trip. Tons of rides and character greets. And the kiddo had fun too.
The highlight of the trip was the opportunity to check off a bucket list item…meeting Darth Vader.
It was completely overwhelming and all too realistic. The breathing. The voice. The call to the dark side. It was slightly terrifying and completely awesome.
Most people I know are familiar with my fascination. One of my newer team members, overhearing conversations about the trip, wondered…why do I love Darth Vader?
After all, he’s a villain. He terrorizes his children, kills millions, and has no conscience or signs of remorse.
Exactly. But that’s not how he started.
Darth Vader started out like any of us. A promising child. Moderately whiny teenager (who wasn’t). Skilled employee.
He was highly capable, independent and strong willed. All things you hope for in your rising talent. At least until he was lured to the dark side and turned on his leaders, co-workers and friends.
Darth Vader is a warning of what any of us could become if we feed our fears. All the promise and talent in the world doesn’t mean much if we use it for ill purpose.
Ever since I started this writing journey, Star Wars has been a part of it.
With the new movie, there are new stories, characters and learnings to absorb and share. Good and bad examples of how to lead ourselves and others.
If you have not seen the movie, and plan to, please stop here. It’s been a month and the initial frenzy has passed. Go, enjoy, and I’ll see you afterwards.
If you’re still with me…what a ride! For me, the movie was reminiscent of the originals I grew up with, yet still offered a fresh story of heroes and villains.
Watching the movie (again and again), I was struck by how much the paths of both character types were influenced by mentors. By the resulting impact mentors can have on our choices and development.
Are you a social butterfly or someone that can walk into any room and feel comfortable engaging new people? That’s great. Congratulations. I want to thank you for stopping by, but you can stop reading now. Really.
Okay, still with me? Then maybe you’re more like me…not exactly sure how to navigate a room full of strangers. If that’s the case, then please read on.
My son is about to turn six and I couldn’t wait any longer to introduce my movie buddy to Empire Strikes Back. Over the long holiday weekend, I put the movie in and he was so excited!
Unfortunately, I had horrible timing. After a hot day at the beach, he fell asleep in the first 15 minutes!
With my buddy snoozing, I was able to peacefully rewatch one of my favorite movies. The next day, he wanted to pick up where he fell asleep…and racked out again!
I probably watched Empire four times over the weekend, enthralled with how Luke, Leia, Han and the gang worked as individuals and a team to problem solve and save the galaxy. They reminded me of so many team members I have worked with over the years…as well as myself. Each have characteristics to be admired, possibly rueful of, that any of us might identify with.
Walking through Disneyland a few weeks ago, we came upon a long line of little girls, waiting anxiously to meet their favorite princess and get their photo taken. They were all jumping up and down in line, craning their necks for a better look. Their favorite princesses from books and movies were suddenly real and they could barely contain their excitement.
A few hours later, a much older and bigger girl was jumping up and down and practically squealing in delight. Darth Vader had just come out to battle little boys and girls learning how to fight the dark side. I was on the sidelines, wishing I was still young enough to participate.