May 03, 2019
By: Dan Fremuth
We all have things in life that just make us happy. Friends and family of course. Work... most of the time. Kittens, coffee, baseball, and ice cream. Well for me, one of those things that just always seems to put a smile on my face is Star Wars.

I honestly don't recall the very first time I was ever introduced to Star Wars but I also can't remember a time in my life when Star Wars wasn't a part of it. Whether it's the films, the music, or its seemingly omnipresent place in pop culture, Star Wars is just sprinkled throughout my life. And it makes me happy.

Of course, I have all of the movies on Blu-Ray (except Solo, that was too big a disappointment to spend more money on) and I seem to find my way back to watching them about every six months. Sometimes they're just background noise while I'm working on something else (consider them the film equivalent of comfort food) while other times I devote my full attention to movies I've conservatively already seen 37 times.

I also own the soundtracks to 9 of the 10 entries (again, no Solo) and have an iTunes playlist titled "I've Got A Bad Feeling About This" where I've compiled all my favorite tracks. It's not the kind of thing I listen to every day or even every month but it always puts a smile on my face when I drop in and hit shuffle. I defy you to tell me "Yoda's Theme" isn't one of the most beautiful pieces ever put to film and that "Throne Room and Finale" doesn't make you want to stand up, cheer and give Chewbacca a medal too.

I still have a number of my original Star Wars action figures tucked away (Chewie, R2-D2, C-3PO, Snowtrooper), I have a mini Lego Millenium Falcon on my desk at work, and I own not one, but two Star Wars t-shirts. My brothers and my cousin always try to get together to see the new movies as a group and we often arrange a themed trivia contest in conjunction with the visits affectionately referred to as DorkFests (all hail Josh, King of DorkFests).

This obviously has nothing to do with sports but I simply couldn't pass up an opportunity to share my love of Star Wars since this Saturday is Star Wars Day (May the 4th be with you, get it?). Now Star Wars isn't for everyone and that's totally fine. I love it but I'll never begrudge someone for not enjoying the same things I do. But I do think it's important to remember the little, sometimes silly and innocuous things in life that bring us joy. 

So this Saturday, even if you're not going to indulge in some blue milk or debate that the only kind of world worth living in is one where Han shot first, take a minute to enjoy a little something that makes you happy and puts a smile on your face.

May the Force be with you.