An Act of Valor – Emotional
Pursuit of Wellness
Emotional:Act of Valor
Last Sunday night I was asked by a group of friends to attend the movie Act of Valor. I agreed, not because I enjoy action movies or movies with ample amounts of blood and gore, but because the movie is a tribute to our soldiers, and active Navy Seals star in the movie itself.
I enjoyed the movie, but had trouble watching many parts of it. Its difficult but eye-opening to watch what our soldiers do for our country. I cannot express my gratitude to them, for they are required to walk into situations that they know they may not be able to walk out of and they say goodbye to their families knowing this may be the last time they will see them. They take great risks, and it is all for our safety.
Why do I hold this near to my heart? My cousin Amanda enlisted two years ago, following in the footsteps of her brother, who has served in the army for over 6 years. Amanda (or Manda as I refer to her) is exactly one month and one day older than me, she and I grew up in the same town together and attended the same school. She’s been one of my very best friends for as long as I can remember. Although we regularly keep in touch through emails, calls, and facebook, I only get to see her about once a year now. Next month she will leave her training for Korea, and when she will get to return is unknown.
I couldn’t believe that she had the “guts” to join the army, but I very much appreciate her for it. The movie reminded me again of what great selflessness she possesses.
She is truly an Act of Valor.