I'm eternally in debt to George Lucas for making Star Wars. In 1978, I saw the original film at the Waynesville Drive In, thanks to my late uncle taking me and my cousin to see it.
In 1983, at age 12, I had already become a writer. I started out adapting the Star Wars movies, complete with illustrations by me at the bottom of every page. There was no such thing as DVD (heck, even VHS hadn't been invented) in 1978, so I had to be creative to hold onto the experience of seeing the most amazing thing I had ever witnessed (even at age 7). That single experience made me want to be a storyteller and entertainer.
I wrote and illustrated Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back (see image below) versions, as well as some originals. I did a version of Battlestar Galactica in 1978, and I eventually did Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981, and A comic book version of Return of the Jedi in 1983.
By the time I was 10, I created my own sci-fi characters and began telling original tales.
I wrote the 5th grade Spring play script, and I started to write my own series of Spy Novels in 1984. And in the late 1980s, I started writing plays. And thus, my career path was set.
But it all traces back to Star Wars.
I've waited since June of 1983 to find out what comes next after Return of the Jedi. And on December 18, 2015, we'll all find out.
I know it seems trivial, but it is of major personal imporatance to me. And the little kid in me is eager to be there on day one, with my son, who will be 12 years old, and seeing his first Star Wars movie in a movie theatre. He will be the same age that I was in 1983 when things left off.
It feels like a great full-circle thing.
Sometimes we just need to stop and rejoice in the things that made us who we have become.