After being rescued by Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke, R2D2 and C3PO all watch the hologram message from Princess Leia in its entirety. She has plead for Obi-Wan to save the galaxy and come to Alderaan. The four contemplate the message but Luke gets up to leave at the suggestion of taking Obi-Wan to Alderaan.
“I can’t get involved.” Luke reasons. “I’ve got work to do.” He continues to reason, “It’s not that I like the Empire; I hate it. There’s nothing I can do right now.” Then he adds for good measure. “It’s a long way from here.”
“That’s your uncle talking.” Obi-Wan responds evenly.
“My uncle…” Luke comes back to the here and now of his responsibilities, “how am I ever going to explain…”
“Learn about the force Luke.” Obi-Wan pulls him higher than the day’s trivialities. Luke tries to leave again.
“Look, I can take you as far as _____.” Luke compromises. “You can get a transport there to ____ or wherever you’re going.” Luke makes the half-hearted middle of the road .
“You must do what you feel is right, of course.” Obi-Wan wisely completes the thought but gives no quarter to Luke’s non-commitment.
Not quite a rock and a hard place, this moment is one of tremendous significance nonetheless. Luke has been begging his uncle to leave and as of the previous evening, he had been put off yet again for another year (an eternity in youth time). Given the opportunity for great adventure though, he reverts to a litany of reasons not to go. Is that loyalty to his uncle? Perhaps in part. It’s also his uncle’s “training” to do the safe and responsible thing, not so much the daring and risky. Luke knows his aunt and uncle love him and want the best for him. Finally, there’s a very natural tendency built in each of us to preserve what we have. Taking a chance is risk, which doesn’t always mean reward.
Keep that in mind when the adventure comes along for you. Conflicting emotions form by experience and instinct. Choosing the adventure isn’t safe, but perhaps there’s never going to be a better time. Take the leap.