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Ten years ago I was 19, working an average job, and living life to the fullest. I didn’t party or blow through money. I had goals and dreams that were much bigger than the small town I lived in. I hadn’t been there long and we may have been 25 minutes away from a larger city, but I knew from the start that I was meant for something bigger. My plans all got sidetracked one day when I received a message on a social media site that was popular back then. I didn’t know the sender and couldn’t even recall ever seeing him. However, he claimed to work with me and we had one mutual friend that was indeed a co-worker so I decided to investigate.
I didn’t realize it then, but my life forever changed from that one message. Our mutual co-worker quickly pointed out my mystery sender and I was blown away to find out that he was on the same team at work. We sat in the same chat room everyday and I had never even realized it. Things progressed and we began sitting next to each other at work, hanging out afterwards, and eventually dating.
It’s something that wasn’t even in my plans. I never intended to slow down to meet others in my small town, to date, or even fall in love. However, fate had something else in store for me. In 2009, I married my mystery message sender. He’s funny, has a way with people, and can quickly steal the spotlight in any room. He changed everything about me and the dream I once had in place. He changed all my plans.
While he did move me out of the small town, it was only 20 minutes away to a larger city. In the beginning I felt like I had sacrificed all my big town dreams, but it didn’t take long for him to steal my heart and show me that big dreams can still come true. He opened my heart to love, acceptance, and true friendship. Yes, he may be my husband, but he’s also my best friend.
I avoid telling him this, simply because of how big his oversized ego is already. However, I’ll let you in on a secret… I truly admire him for so many things. He’s strong, determined, motivated, and challenging. He is persistent, goal oriented, and strong willed. He knows what to say and when to say it. He can calm my fears in the matter of seconds and knows what it means to work hard for his family. He’s a great father and always demonstrates out of the box thinking for our kids. I’ve never truly admired someone the way I do him. I can look at him and everything else melts away. He is honorable, dependable, and loving. I truly married my best friend.
Speaking about sacrifice and love, there’s a great movie coming out on April 21st that is sure to tug at the heart strings. The PROMISE portrays two heroes – one with the courage to stand-up for the truth and speak out against injustice – and the other, a friend willing to pay the ultimate price to do what’s right. Sometimes it is our friends who are the everyday and little known heroes who strengthen and nourish us. Their presence is a blessing – whether as a shoulder to lean or as a literal lifesaver.
It is 1914. As the Great War looms, the mighty Ottoman Empire is crumbling. Constantinople, the once vibrant, multicultural capital on the shores of the Bosporus, is about to be consumed by chaos.
Michael Boghosian (Oscar Isaac), arrives in the cosmopolitan hub as a medical student determined to bring modern medicine back to Siroun, his ancestral village in Southern Turkey where Turkish Muslims and Armenian Christians have lived side by side for centuries. Photo-journalist Chris Myers (Christian Bale), has come here only partly to cover geo-politics. He is mesmerized by his love for Ana (Charlotte le Bon), an Armenian artist he has accompanied from Paris after the sudden death of her father.
When Michael meets Ana, their shared Armenian heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between the two men. As the Turks form an alliance with Germany and the Empire turns violently against its own religious and ethnic minorities, their conflicting passions must be deferred while they join forces to survive even as events threaten to overwhelm them.
Promises are made and promises are broken. The one promise that must be kept is to live on and tell the story.
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