Still toward the beginning of The Force Awakens, Finn has rescued Poe from the First Order and Kylo Wren’s interrogation. The two have hastily introduced themselves as together they learn to fly the Tie Fighter they have stolen as get away vehicle. They succeed in escaping the hangar bay but are still struggling to elude the heavy defense weaponry of the battleship.
The ventral cannons, now hot, are firing on Poe and Finn. Maneuvering away, Finn asks where they’re going.
“We’re going back to Jakku; that’s where.” Poe confidently reports.
“No, no, we can’t go back to Jakku!” Finn wails. “We gotta get out of this system!”
“I’ve got to get my droid back before the First Order does.” Finn coolly replies.
“A droid?!” Finn is rightfully incredulous.
“That’s right. He’s a BB unit, orange and white, one of a kind.” Poe sounds as if he’s picking up a refrigerator.
“I don’t care what color he is. No droid can be that important.” Finn argues.
“This one is pal.” Poe begins to raise his voice for the first time.
“We’ve got to as far away from the first order as we can.” Finn is insistent.
“That droid has a map that leads straight to Luke Skywalker.” Poe reveals, which doesn’t help his case with Finn. Of course Poe is driving so Finn has no option.
“Oh, you got to be kidding me!” Finn’s shout is cut short by a direct hit as the ventral cannons succeed in hitting their mark. The recently acquainted heroes are now falling back through the atmosphere to Jakku. That’s not the way either of them wanted to get away, Jakku or not.
Out of the frying pan and into the fire? Didn’t Finn just risk his life and position to help Poe? It would seem he should get a little more say in where they go. They worked up the plan to get into the Tie Fighter and it appears the rest was winging it.
There wasn’t time to rally through details though, or even cover the basics, such as where to go when they succeeded in escaping. That’s what happens in urgent situations. You don’t always have time to set up a matrix to rank wants and needs, collaborate solutions and gather consensus. Sometimes the moments carry themselves away with split second decisions, right or wrong.
Have you been caught by the chain of reactions of someone else’s decision? Are you reeling and tumbling through your surroundings, unsure of what can happen next as consequence? It is wholly possible you may find yourself alone in the desert now. Your thoughts and actions were pure, but the result was not quite what you wanted.
Go the distance. There’s new allies and new adventures ahead. You can do this.