Normally I'm a purist when it comes to books and movies. Good books should remain good books and a truly great film should start from a great film idea, not a book. (Well, one big exception -- the Harry Potter series ;) ).
Over the last few years, friends of mine had told me to read the book Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. As fascinated as I was by this woman just taking off and leaving her life behind to eat, pray, and find loveÂ -- for some reason, it never really struck the right chord for me to want to read the book.
However, when I saw the preview for the movie version starring Julia Roberts, I was intrigued. Sure the character of Liz she plays is older and has been through major difficulties in her life, but there was something so freeing about the way she decided to put all the day-to-day worries behind her and spend a year enjoying the little things in life...
Eat: Yes, we all eat to survive and to stay healthy (and heck, because food is delicious- ha!), but Liz suddenly realizes she's going through the motions of eating, but not tasting. That's why she sets off on the first part of her journey to spend a few months in Italy rediscovering what it's like to savor and appreciate the taste of fine eating. As much as I love that she did this, I'll admit it was the hardest part of the movie to watch because the food looked so darn good -- and I so wanted the movie theater usher to come down the aisle serving the same pasta and pizza that was changing her life!
Pray: Liz next journeyed to India to clear her mind and recenter her thoughts. As much as it was about the ritual of prayer -- the greater message was about putting the past behind and really digging inside of yourself for what you want out of life... which is a crucial message for all of us. We all get stuck in the crazy up-to-the-minute Twittering and fast-paced life we live today that there's something to be said for sitting back and taking it slow and easy. In fact, Liz's character ends up going through a period of not talking at all to truly get in touch with her thoughts... something that we all could probably benefit from more!
Love: She ended her year journey going to Bali to find a guru who had originally given her the inspiration to go on this self-exploration trip. But when she got there, it was obvious he had more of an effect on her life than she did on his... in fact, he didn't even remember her at first. As frustrating as that was, it put everything in perspective and opened her eyes in a whole different way... and eventually led her to find true love. Likewise, as girls, we're always overanalyzing every little word that a guy says to us... and it's true, love can be confusing and frustrating all at once. But the truth is, when we do find that one right person for us, it shouldn't... and won't... be like that. It will be easy and we just have to let go of everything and really enjoy what love is all about (how Taylor Swift of me to say!). ;)
So it took this woman a journey around the world to find herself and where her life is supposed to be -- but the lessons she learned during every part are definitely lessons that we can take away about learning to savor, appreciate, and embrace life!
Did you see Eat Pray Love? What did you think of it?
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