Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Girl Who Felt Too Much

Top: Gap 
Skirt: Ross (similar, similar)
Scarf: c/o Garnet Hill (similar)
Heels: Nine West (similar in brown, similar in black)

Ben and I watched the movie Tracks tonight (trailer), based on the real-life journey of Robyn Davidson through the Australian outback in 1977 with four camels and her dog, Diggity. I'd highly recommend the film and in order to recommend it without spoiling anything, I'll just say that there was a moment that really affected me. In the midst of a good bout of tears, I started to reflect on the fact that I'm always crying. And not just single, pretty tears, they're often for-real, this-is-happening-to-me tears. At films and books mostly, but occasionally with songs, and often with memories. Tears come so easily to me when I'm watching something or experiencing something evocative. I know this is not the case with everyone (I know a few people that "don't cry"), and I know that it is the case with some people, but I often feel like an extreme case in the latter direction. Bawling away at fictional, non-fictional, and even imaginary people and stories feels a bit ludicrous! 

I don't really have an answer, but I do have a question - does this happen to all of you? Do you find yourself bawling about stories that happened 40 years ago, about people you never knew, and situations you'll never experience? Ben takes it as the status quo - if I'm not crying during a movie then it probably wasn't very good to start with. But I need some validation beyond our living room! Am I nuts?


  1. I love your shoes!




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  2. I am loving your subtle dots and stripes combo, so cute!

  3. When I became a mom, I started tearing up at pretty much every commercial, news story, movie, tv show, even print ads and photographs. Someone once told me I have a case of overly intense empathy, which I used to take as a bad thing, but I think it's a good thing now. BTW, LOVE everything about this outfit.

  4. You look like such a skinny minny in these photos!! I love the mix of patterns. I always am too afraid to pair them, but you have done an amazing job!

  5. I used to never cry, but since becoming a mom cry a lot more, especially at personal essays. And there are some things I just can't expose myself to - stories about cruelty to animals or harm coming to children.

  6. I go through phases where I either cry multiple times at every book I read, every movie I watch, every sad song I hear - or I'm completely dry. But I don't think the crying is weird.
    I would never have thought to pair three patterns like this together, but they go together perfectly!

  7. I seriously love your mix of stripes and polka dots! As far as crying, I am fairly moderate with my tears, but my sister cries at everything. And I sometimes go through phases when all my emotions live right on the surface. So no, you're not alone!

  8. i cry all the time in movies and even commercials. lol i'm a sap!


  9. I love the pattern mixing and that skirt is perfect for Spring!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  10. I am similarly a consistent crier!

    It also seems to be the case in my life that the happier I am, the more I cry. Sounds counter intuitive, but that's what I'm sticking with. In my mind, when I'm the happiest I am the most open to feeling things, both good and bad, so I get more emotional both ways. And on top of that if I cry over something actually sad then I'm feeling that emotion more because it's such a departure from the happy high I'm in.

    Engaged has also turned out to mean more crying. Crying at any wedding anything anywhere. Rando's wedding videos online - tears. Reading wedding stories on blogs - tears. Hearing a song we could dance to - tears. And so on.

    You look lovely, by the way!

    xx Katie
    lovely letters

  11. I'm loving how you styled the different patterns here, you can never go wrong with a striped top!!

    XO Courtney


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