We Are Better Than We Think We Are: Takeaways From Solo A Star Wars Story

You guessed it!  I’m a boy mom and my son, Chance loves Han from Star Wars.  We hoped that I would get invited to attend an all-expense paid trip to the World Premiere of SOLO: A Star Wars Story, and when I did he was super excited (even though he knew he wasn’t tagging along).  I was pretty geeked as well, especially since this was the first red carpet premiere where bloggers were able to attend the event.  The Millennium Falcon Red Carpet experience was exhilarating, the stroll down the red-carpet was unbelievable, and the movie premiere made me a forever Star Wars fan.


In Disney/Lucasfilms “SOLO: A Star Wars Story,” Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.


 SOLO: A Star Wars Story” is directed by Ron Howard and includes Alden Ehrenreich starring as Han, and Woody Harrelson as Tobias Beckett.   They are joined by Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo and Paul Bettany.   

Kathleen Kennedy is producing with Allison Shearnur, Simon Emanuel. Jonathan Kasden and Lawrence Kasdan wrote the screenplay.  Lucasfilms’ “SOLO: A Star Wars Story” blasts into U.S. theaters on May 25, 2018.



Immediately after seeing SOLO, I found myself applying a few takeaways I pulled from the movie to my own life.  I have been dealing with a very personal issue that really had me feeling alone and powerless.  The invitation to attend SOLO was a sign that I needed to continue pursue my dreams despite how I feel or what I am told.  So instead of my internalizing the word SOLO, I used it to empower myself in believing that I am better than I think I am. 

I have to admit it is hard to capture the essence of the lessons without spoiling the movie.  But don’t worry, there are no spoilers here other than a few photos from the movie but I’m sure you’ve seen them all anyway.  So, let’s jump right in.


#1. It Seems Worse Than It Is

Han’s life on the planet of Corellia was not easy.  He lived a life of petty crime and was left to fend for himself at an early age.  He ran scams, stole, and was not exposed to a quality education.  He was not respected as a person or a pilot.  It seemed hopeless for Han but he managed to escape the life of a young smuggler and became one of the galaxy’s finest pilots, and a future rebel hero. 

I was hit with some pretty scary news recently.  While the presentation of the news was hopeful, the news itself left me feeling defeated.  I kind of felt like Han, I was in this place forced to deal with a situation that did not match what I wanted or believed about myself.  As I grew in knowledge about my choices I needed to make, I slowly began to escape the thoughts of terror and enter a world of possibilities.

Photo Credit: Disney/Lucasfilms


#2. Not Everyone Will Believe

Han joined the Imperial Navy and was seem as a low-ranking, unskilled soldier.  With a short-lived career in his uniform, he was betrayed by a crook that did not believe that he was fit to be a pilot, let alone a partner.  So, he found himself locked up with a beast expected to take him out.  As we know that beast ended up being Chewbacca, and they went on to do amazing things together.

During a conversation with a family member about my recent news, I left the conversation feeling as if I did not have a true support system.  For weeks I held on to close family members treating my “devastating news” like it did not matter.  I walked around for weeks thinking that I should just give up if I meant nothing to those closest to me.  Han helped me to realize that it does not matter what others believe about you, what truly matter is what you believe about yourself.  Once you face what is meant to cause you harm…you may realize that it is a true blessing.


Photo Credit: Disney/Lucasfilms


#3. A Bad Situation Is Not Permanent

Han eventually connected with Tobias to go on a few smuggler runs.  This adventure had a few less than favorable moments (trying hard to avoid spoilers), but in the end Han and Chewie proved that a bad situation does not have to be permanent.

I had to tell myself that my current situation is not permanent.  I am not at all excited about what I am having to go through in the next few weeks but I am confident that I will be made better because of it.  Sometimes we find ourselves in circumstances that are terribly frightening, but of our own doing.  While I did not “do” this to myself, I can do better about taking care of myself. 


Photo Credit: Disney/Lucasfilms


I strive daily to grow as a mom….as a woman.  It’s not easy overcoming obstacles of fear, doubt and loneness.   However, it is easier when we know who you are at your core.  Knowing who you are means knowing the part of yourself that does not change over time.  The part of you that believes that you were created to be great and do extraordinary things. My excitement of premiering SOLO quickly turned into a deep appreciation.  The action-packed, funny film with standout performances taught me lessons I could share with others for years to come.

I could go on and in greater detail with my review of SOLO: A Star Wars Story, but I don’t want to spoil it so you can enjoy every exciting moment in the theater on May 25th.  

Have you had to convince yourself that you are better than you thought you were? I would love to hear what you think about these very relevant takeaways from one Lucasfilms’ SOLO: A Star Wars Story.  You can also stay informed with SOLO: A Star Wars Story (in theatres May 25th) by following on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.  And please follow the other bloggers using the #HanSoloEvent hashtag.




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  1. Oh my gosh! How fun! We are Star Wars fans and can’t wait to se this new movie! We’ve seen them all so far and I’m just hoping no one else dies. I also have to say I have a major infatuation with Adam Driver, but this dashing fellow in your pictures is throwing me for a loop.

  2. I have a toddler so there really is no time to watch a movie and it’s too bad cause I really wanted to see this one. Oh well, there is time, right?

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