While many normal people use their advent calender's to mark down the days till Christmas, and for that early morning chocolate treat, others are using it for a completely different reason. Its not St. Nicholas we are waiting for, but the reappearance of the Jedi universe. That's right, on the 17th of December the long wait will finally be over, and we will have another Star Wars film.
Now, I'll admit it. I'm extremely excited. As the date approaches closer on the horizon; more trailers are released, merchandise becomes more readily available (I myself am now the proud owner of a Star Wars Beanie), debates about the plot and characters become more intense, and even a fashion show was held all in the name of promoting Star Wars.
Everyone who can call themselves a Star Wars fan has already bought their cinema tickets and are holding their breath in anticipation. Now, here is the point I've been wanting to make....
Savor this moment
Enjoy the mystery, and the guessing games. Enjoy reminiscing about the old films, plot and characters. Enjoy the time when the whole rest of the world is as ignorant as you. Why? Because this is the best part.
Not knowing, is the best thing about sequels, prequels and everything in-between. Normally films are so built up, they cannot even dream of living up to our expectations. Think about the first Star Wars film after the original trilogy, The Phantom Menace....Need I go on?
Not saying that The Force Awakens is going to be terrible, far from it. I have complete faith in J.J. Abrams. His work on the new Star Trek film was something to be marveled at, and I can only hope that his magic can be spread to Lucas's universe as well.
All I'm trying to get at is, maybe, don't put all your eggs in one basket. Don't go into the cinema with the highest hopes. Go in like you watched the first film. Whats the phrase, 'ignorance is bliss'. Go in not with a critical eye, but a blank slate. Enjoy it for what it is, not what you believe it should be.
However, as much as we try (and I'm as guilty of this as all of you) our imaginations will always run away with us. So let it carry you away. Let yourself be caught up in the excitement. Let yourself be 5 years old again waiting up for Santa on Christmas Eve. Let yourself enjoy the unknowable. Because believe me, this is the best part.