When I see, hear, or do something that affects me in a big way, I can’t shut up. FYI: If you haven’t seen American Sniper yet, and you plan to do so, you may not want to keep reading. Go ahead and just scroll to the pictures because there are movie spoilers in the following text.
We saw American Sniper last night. It was amazing and heartbreaking and eye opening. I cried in the theatre, small tears filling my eyes and then rolling down my cheeks. Each time I’d get emotional, the next scene sobered me as the writing on the screen chronicled Kyle’s respective tour number. If you’ve seen it, you know what I mean. There wasn’t adequate time for tears during the movie.
At the end, and later at home was a different story. I left the theatre in a sense of shock, my mind trying to understand what I had just seen. Imagine being a soldier. I can’t.
When we got home I broke down. Brandon held me as my heart ached and the sobs wet his shirt. I tried to calm down but found myself clinging to him tighter, unable to think rationally about the overwhelming sadness I felt for Chris Kyle and his family. And that is who I was crying for. For the injustice forced upon this incredible man. For his widow who lost her soulmate. For his kids who deserve to grow up under the blanket of his guidance and protection. I don’t even feel worthy enough to write about it. To pretend like I know how they must feel. All I know is that I am in awe of the sacrifice one man made to protect the freedom I take for granted. And there are thousands just like him.
There is a part in the movie where “Chris” is bothered by the fact that Americans aren’t talking about the war because they are too distracted by their phones. I can’t stop thinking about that. Here is a man who was inspired to put his own life in danger in order to fight for the country that he loves, and we can sit in our comfortable homes, drive our comfortable cars, and use our comfortable smart phones without a second thought about our armed forces keeping us in a position to do so. He’s right. Or at least the character of Chris is right, since I don’t know if he ever made that statement. But, it is up to us, as American citizens, to band together in camaraderie and support, to start a conversation, to stay up to date about the wars our country fights or is fighting. Whether or not you support those wars, there are men and women risking their lives every day for you. We need to show our gratitude for these heroes, and more importantly provide them the best treatment after their tours have ended.
How can I help? I don’t know. But I do know that I have a much deeper respect for the sacrifices of military men and women. I have a better understanding of the reality of war and the after effects. Most importantly, I feel different. And that makes me want to write about it. To speak up. I think that is helpful in a small, small way.
On a considerably less serious note, here is what I’ve been wearing on repeat since Christmas. I wear this shirt/leggings combo so often that my brother asked me if I own any other clothes. Hah! Of course I do! But when you find that outfit that is so comfortable you could wear it to bed or church or dinner, it is the only thing you want to put on. Plus, I gravitate to these sequins like a bug to the light.
Leather Booties: Nordstrom Rack <> Black Fleece Leggings: Forever 21 <> Sunglasses: Ted Baker Aviators <> Sequin Blouse: Three Bird Nest Boutique (See links below)
I can’t seem to stay away from these serious topics. And I think that is ok.
I’m sorry if I totally bummed you out, but writing is cathartic for me, and you get it right alongside the outfit inspo!
This beautifully basic/comfortable/go-to top is from Three Bird Nest boutique!
You can find them on Etsy, too! They also sell head wraps, headbands, leg warmers, dresses, accessories, knitted pieces, and more. This post is not sponsored by them, I’m just letting you know how much I love their shop!
I hope you have a memorable, safe, and exceptional weekend!