Well. I think most of us actually are a bit more like Luke. A teenager suffering from sadness, something we all can recognize, even though we do not live on a desert plane far away from the bright center of the universe. The feeling of being stuck, not going anywhere soon, to not be able to use ones talent and potential. And when the chance comes - Luke does not want to go anymore. I think we all recognize us.
BUT. It changes. Luke meets someone who sees his potential. Probably the first time someone even accepts that he has abilities that others lack. He is lifted out of his safe bubble and, although he is naive, he understands the seriousness of his heart - and his heart and courage never hesitate to save Leia, despite the risk it implies.
Luke gets, unlike his sister (the women in the Skywalker family are hard working, wise, courageous and duty-conscious) struggle hard to develop. He has to exercise his patience, determination and faith. He loses many people close to him. He grows, matures and he becomes a jedi and saves his father.
Luke's story is that we all can grow with the right conditions.
Of course there are lots of amazing quotes. For example, the heart breaking "I´ve got to save you" when Darth Vader has become Anakin Skywalker again and is dying in his arms. A child's unconditional love and forgiveness to a parent, even if the parent been one of the most hated men in the universe.
But no, I choose another one. 19-year-old Lukes complains about having to take care of and clean two dirty newly-bought droids instead of going to Tosche station and having fun with his friends. Luke then continues to make a mature impression by moaning about his fate for R2-D2 and C-3PO while playing with a model of a T-16 skyscraper.
Let's make a comparison. When his father was 19, he was a padawan, almost ready to make the test to become a Jedi knight. His mother was Queen of Naboo. His sister is the youngest senator of the galaxy and secretly engaged in the rebel of the empire. It has not been more then hours since Jyn Erso (21 years) and Cassian Andor (25 years) die on the beach of Scarif, dirty and scarred after they stolen the Deathstar plans.
Also, remember that Luke's mother, Queen Amidala, in disguise to a hand maiden, without protests cleans and takes care of R2-D2 after he saved all their lives by reparing a broken spacecraft.
(And Harry Potter and his friends defeated the world's most evil wizard as 17-year-olds.)🦉👓⚡
Back in college, when I was in the thick of the art program, I could never really envision what my life would look like as an artist. All I knew was that I LOVED every. single. bit of it.
I loved the critiques. I loved learning new techniques. I loved schlepping all my supplies all over campus (well, maybe that part got tiresome). I loved my assignments. I loved my classmates. I loved my professors (well, almost all of them! Not the one who hated acrylic paint (my favorite) and thought cartoon drawings were destructive to children. Obviously that didn’t sit well with me! 😆). Really, it was such a happy time, but I still was confused where my training would take me...
One day, perhaps my work will be more serious and significant, but man, this kind of stuff—making thank you cards with my 6 year old, helping him spell words, watching him carefully craft his letters, seeing him consider all the color options for the envelopes—this! This feels like the most fun, and important, and maybe the best work I’ll ever really do. ✨