I'm not going to say anything mean about George Lucas. He was trying to give us a gift. I know it didn't come out too well, but he tried. I don't think he meant any harm and he did give us the old movies.
Watching Star Wars Episode 1 as a kid made me want to become a Jedi knight. I went from fighting my siblings all the time and beating up brats who were rude to me in alleys and smashing kids who stole my money's faces into the ground and throwing them off slides on the playground, to never fighting with anyone and being a nicer, better person.
My siblings and I became close friends over meditating together, lightsaber, agility, memory, and balance training, all day almost every day for like 3 years. Through meditation everyday, I learned to let go of my anger at my father over his alcoholism and start to recover from that a little bit. I also learned from female Jedi that I could be a strong and awesome lady, but sexy at the same time.
While we may not be doing those things so much anymore, the friendships stayed, the geekiness stayed, and I'm pretty sure a few other good things stayed as well. Star Wars changed my LIFE and I will forever be grateful to George Lucas for what he did for me.
Admittedly, watching Episode 1 now kind of makes me laugh. D: But I still love it for the nostalgia. I am afraid of what will happen now that Disney owns it, but at the same time hopeful.
It's crazy to think of the fact that Leia is a Disney Princess now!