My girlfriend called me up one day and said that she wanted me to start reading Eat, Pray, Love with her. I had seen the movie and I loved it. I was a little skeptical about reading the book because I already knew that it was either going to be really good or just down right horrible. But as soon as I started reading this book, I knew right away that it was going to be amazing. Elizabeth Gilbert captured so many emotions as she shared with us her journey.
In the beginning of the book, we learn that Elizabeth was unhappy in and with her marriage. That there was something more she was craving. There is a quote that stood out the most to me during this time “People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life.” How brave was she to break away from what she “thought” she wanted, to discover everything that she needed? While reading Elizabeth transition out of love, I transitioned into a deeper understanding of love. I was able to step back and examine where I was at that very second. But as she pointed out many times, every one has different wants and needs.
As she travels to Italy, I am thrown into the passion of language, food, and the desire to understand myself. It was as if I was in Italy right with her. I could taste the cheesy pizza, I could feel the rain, I could hear the Italian language as if it was being spoken directly to me. Out of her three stops in the book, Italy was my favorite. I’m still trying to decipher what my word is.
In India, we experience the moments that Elizabeth’s discovery becomes clear to her. The meaning of her journey comes to the forefront. And I became excited for her. As she meditated and became one with herself, I too meditated and became one with myself. As she is learning more about herself and her surroundings, I could not help but find myself cheering for her, wanting her to get as much as she could out of this experience. I wanted Elizabeth Gilbert to find the happiness she deserved.
I have not yet finished the book. We are currently in Indonesia, and I have not been able to figure out just why she is there. But I’m sure as soon as she figures out the why, I will too.
I will definitely recommend this book for others to read.