This week the topic is
Trite and nerdy as it sounds, the original Star Wars trilogy changed my life.
I was 12 when the original film was released. That summer between 7th and 8th grades was filled with playacting and storywriting with my friends - all based on Star Wars. I saw The Empire Strikes Back in the theater more times than I've seen any other film, and fell hopelessly in love with Han Solo and/or Harrison Ford. The Jedi sequences were my introduction to Eastern philosophy.
At this point, I've been a Star Wars fan for almost 3/4 of my life. And while I'm not so rabid as to collect all the books, toys, and other tchotchkes, I can quote segments of dialog, I've seen the Holiday Special, and I get a secret thrill when there's a Star Wars reference in the media. Some of my best friends were met through fandom. I have a weekly post about references I've found on the net.
I'm sure I'd be more or less the same person if I'd never seen a Star Wars movie, but I wouldn't have the same friends, wouldn't have done some of the things I've done, or gone some of the places I've gone.