In honor of May the 4th here are some quotes from the Star Wars movies.  Each one applies to the world of autism as well.  Feel free to join in the fun! Share any quotes that resonate with you!

Star wars on Intelligence:

“The ability to speak does not make you intelligent, now get out of here.” – Qui-Gon Jinn.  

I find the opposite is also true.  The lack of speech does not make one stupid.

 “Who’s the more foolish: the fool, or the fool who follows him?” – Obi-Wan Kenobi   

One characteristic I find admirable among people with autism and Asperger’s is that they do not tend to blindly follow people.  They question the rationality of actions.  Of course, the exception would be following rules. If an action has already been deemed a rule, then it is to be followed.

Star Wars on Sensory Differences:

Your eyes can deceive you; don’t trust them.- Obi-Wan Kenobi  

Sensory information is perceived differently by all people, most notably those with ASD tend to have heightened sensory issues.

I think my eyes are getting better. Instead of a big dark blur, I see a big light blur. –Han Solo 

Star Wars on Task Completion:

“If we can make it to the ground, we’ll take the next chance. And the next. On and on until we win… or the chances are spent.” – Jyn Erso. 

Jyn sums up the best approach to take with large tasks…. one step at a time.

“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda. 

Although it appears that Yoda is being a bit black and white in his thinking, he is telling us that when you say you’ll try, you are setting an intention to fail.  Hence “There is no try.” Of course, there are still many levels of “doing”, excellent, great, good, ok, etc.

 Star Wars on Flexibility:

“You can’t stop the change, any more than you can stop the suns from setting.” – Shmi Skywalker 

Change is something we try to avoid despite its natural occurrence. People with ASD especially have difficulty adapting to change. Preparation is the key to successful transitions. However, it’s hard to prepare if we’re trying to stop the inevitable.

The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers.- Princess Leia.  

Control is a funny thing. Although it may seem to be orderly, predictable and safe, the more we try to control, the more control we lose.

Only a Sith Lord deals in absolutes.- Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Thank you, Obi-Wan for acknowledging the importance the grey areas. The mish-mash in the middle of right and wrong is where the complex beauty of humanity lies.

Congratulations. You are being rescued. Please do not resist.- K-2SO  

There can be a tendency among humans, in general, to help or rescue others, whether or not they desire it.  Neurotypical people may forget to acknowledge and respect the wishes of those with autism as they attempt, with the best of intentions, to help. This quote is a nice reminder of that irony.

Star Wars on Social Interaction:

There were a lot of explosions for two people blending in.- K-2SO, Rogue One.  

Sometimes when we think we’re doing a great job being part of the social scene we really could use a little help.

The belonging you seek is not behind you … it is ahead.- MAZ KANATA. 

It can be easy to get stuck on what has happened in the past. The past is what is known and even if it’s negative, the known is more comfortable than the unknown.  It’s nice to have a reminder that good things are in the future if we remember to be part of the present.

Rebecca J. Weaver is a Certified Autism Specialist at Independent with Autism, working to empower individuals with ASD. Need help creating your success strategies? Check out IndependentwithAutism.comfor more information.