The Mandalorian — Sometimes You Have to Go Your Own Way

Mando’s story reminds me of moments when I had to walk down a different path from everyone else.

I started watching The Mandalorian recently (you need a subscription to watch it). One of my goals for 2021 is to catch up on movies and TV shows that were released over the years. I saw lots of people talking about this show, so I decided to check it out. The Mandalorian is reminding me of a life lesson I’ve learned, painfully. If you haven’t watched it: minor spoilers incoming.


So…this Mandalorian bounty hunter named Mando follows a strict code: he’s supposed to be neutral when he takes on assignments. It’s none of his business why a person is marked for death or brought in on a bounty. It’s his job to fulfill the contract, then disconnect from the situation. While he takes his helmet off to eat, he doesn’t allow anyone to see him with his helmet off. Mandalorians live by a particular set of rules, and Mando didn’t question them until he met The Child.

He looks like he could be baby Yoda, but I don’t think he is. Yoda’s species doesn’t have an official name in Star Wars canon. Mando was supposed to get The Child (who is 50 years old), and bring him back to the man that asked for the bounty. Mando went to a lot of trouble, but was able to get The Child and fulfill the bounty. While turning The Child in, Mando asked, “What are you going to do with him?”. He was reminded it’s none of his business and was paid handsomely. He made more than enough to upgrade his armor.

While he was supposed to forget about The Child, Mando felt that something wasn’t right. Things weren’t adding up, and a lot of people were tracking down the man who had put the bounty on The Child. Mando had a set of rules he followed religiously (being a Mandalorian), but he also had a conscience. He remembered how he felt being abandoned as a child. His path took a sharp turn when he decided to go back, rescued The Child, and left the planet.

Hitting the Reset Button

When Mando made the decision to go back and get The Child, I had my “YES!!!” moment. I was hoping he would. Hours after watching it, I realized how much I related to that moment when you realize it’s time to walk down a different path.

This is a very personal choice. Many people opt to keep doing the things they’ve always done, and follow tradition. The career they have, the products they use, the religion they practice, even the way they wear their hair are all decisions that were made for them by their parents, society, the country they live in, cultural and social norms. Some people resist change and have an “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it” thought process.

But sometimes, later in life, people re-examine their life when they aren’t happy. Looking back, they realized they walked those paths for the wrong reasons. For example, they’re a lawyer because their parents refused to pay their college fees if they majored in anything else. At some point, you need to decide what works best for you, what makes you happy, and create a new set of rules to live by.

It may feel terrifying at first, but embrace it — because you will evolve into a happier person.

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