One of my friends gave me a gift certificate to F.Y.E this year for Christmas, so a few days ago I walked over and purchased a few of my favorite movies.
One of which was, Eat, Pray, Love.
I know that a hefty percentage of the population who saw this movie didn’t care for it because they felt that the main character, Liz Gilbert, who the movie was about, and who also wrote the book, was nothing but a spoiled, self-indulgent, whiny and confused woman; searching for the impossible.
For several people I know, this film either annoyed them or they saw it as 'way too out there.'
However throughout these past few years, I've gradually met a lot of other people who, like myself, loved it.
I guess because many years ago I went through something similar to this, I can identify with the story. I think that's why I'm drawn to this film so much.
For those of you who might not be familiar with Eat, Pray, Love, it’s a true story about American author, Elizabeth Gilbert (portrayed by Julia Roberts), who appears to have it all - a prosperous writing career, a home in NY, a loving husband, and money.
Yet, she feels that her life is lacking something – something within her soul.
She seems to have lived her life going from relationship to relationship, never finding the fulfillment she was looking for, until she finally realized that the relationship she was seeking was the relationship she never cultivated with herself. She used her relationships with men to quench that hunger.
Along the way she also lost her passion for life, feeling numb inside.
Therefore, Liz knew she needed to make a change.
So she divorced her husband (giving him everything), and then took a year to travel to three different places; writing about it.
Italy - where she learned the Italian lifestyle of il dolce far niente (the sweetness of doing nothing). And also reconnected to passion through eating incredible Italian food; not feeling the slightest bit guilty about developing a 'muffin top.'
India - where she was forced to go deep within herself and learned how to embrace her imperfections and past choices; forgiving herself through prayer. This was perhaps the most intense and difficult chapter of her journey.
Bali - here is where she meets the sweet, funny and enlightened medicine man, Ketut, who teaches her how to trust and love again.
Thus...Eat. Pray. Love.
Personally, I honor this film because it’s one I can watch over and over again and learn something different each time.
Not only is it deeply moving and insightful, but it’s also drizzled with wonderful humor.
It's a story that both women and men can identify with because it's universal.
It’s an open and honest story that if we all look closely within, like Liz, have at times felt these things ourselves. Lost and confused.
I admire Elizabeth Gilbert for doing what she did because it took courage.
Her story is an amazing journey, which I feel contains a very powerful message.
Before she took the year to travel to Italy, India and Bali, her best friend told her that she was just running away from her issues.
Yet, she wasn’t running away at all because within that year she learned and grew; coming full circle.
Back to herself….
*If you would like to hear this really cool lady speak, please go here.