Hello my lovely readers!
I finally got around to reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s famous and iconic account of her journey to finding herself. Let’s see what it’s all about and whether it’s worth the fuss!
Liz is in a very bad place. Going through a terrible divorce which is followed by a tough break up she’s battling depression. That’s when Liz decides to make a change. She packs her bags and embarks on a journey. Over the course of a year she spends time in Italy, India and Bali, learning about the countries, the people but most importantly about herself.
I have to say, I was extremely surprised by this book. My hopes weren’t too high and I was expecting something a bit cheesy. However, what I got was an inspiring novel that provided lots of food for thought.
Liz Gilbert tells the story from a very relatable place. Her heartache, her problems, it’s all something you’ve felt in some way. She also seems like a lovely person so for a large part of the book I just wanted to give her a hug and tell her everything’s going to be alright.
But the thing is, Liz teaches us an important lesson: it will be alright in the end but you have to make it work. Nothing will ever change if you don’t make it change.
What Liz did may sound like heaven: just packing up and go somewhere new. Well, it’s actually a daring adventure and most people wouldn’t take this leap of faith. It’s something very different to spend two weeks of holidays somewhere or going to a place that’s completely foreign to you without knowing anyone there and living there for months. Especially when you are in a bad place and want to heal it’s even more daring as you are not only outside of your comfort zone, but you are also out of your support network you have at home.
I feel like with reading this book, not only did Liz learn a lot during her year abroad, I also learned a lot from her experiences and thoughts. I ended up with lots of notes and quotes from Eat Pray Love. There’s a lot of info on the places she travelled to but also tons of stuff to take away for yourself. Just the aspects on meditation were quite inspiring and many of the insights she gained made me think about my own life.
Eat Pray Love was far more than I had expected. It’s a wonderful novel that makes you cry and love. But most importantly it provides you with food for thought and stays with you for a long time even after you finished reading.
Did you read the book? Let me know in the comments what you think!