Monday, June 12, 2017

EAT PRAY LOVE MADE ME DO IT, Introduction by Elizabeth Gilbert

I read EAT PRAY LOVE by Elizabeth Gilbert in 2011. I'm going to call it EPL for this post. I watched the movie starring Julia Roberts after a few of my girlfriends told me to watch it because Liz is “so like me” they said. I’d been to Bali twice but not because of Liz. The first time I was in Bali for my solo trip (I love traveling solo) the locals asked me if I was doing the "Eat Pray Love." I had no idea. Putu, my personal guide volunteered information by saying Bali became famous because of that Julia Roberts movie. After that I knew I had to do something about this EPL thingy. I made a mental note to check out the movie. I watched the movie, and I laughed and cried and wept.

I love Italy. Traveling solo to Italy—Rome, specifically—in 2013 after self-learning Italian was another coincidence which had nothing to do with EPL, but I get asked that a lot by well-meaning people. In Rome, I took the Italo high speed train to Napoli to eat pizza. I met The Epic Kisser in the National Library of Rome. I went to Italy again in 2014 spending almost three months in southern Italy—Puglia, specifically. I noticed a pattern: I love going to the same place twice.

One day, I will go to India (but not because of EPL).

Okay, let’s get back to the book. I bought EAT PRAY LOVE MADE ME DO IT at the Penang International Airport in March this year after a wonderful trip in Krabi, Thailand, with my dearest Teddybjörn. For the next two months until today I read one story every day in my bathroom. You cannot rush through a book such as this one. Every day, these women and men who had gone through some of life’s worst challenges and came out triumphant—many thanks to Liz’s story—shared their lives with me while I was in the loo. So many passages resonated with me. I underlined them, jotted down my thoughts all while I was on my “throne.” I know it sounds gross but most of my reflective moments happen in the loo.

Did EPL made me do something? It sure did. I recalibrated my life many years ago and at present it gives me the clarity of what is good for me and if it is not good, to know what to do about it—calmly. This book, Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It, lets me know that somebody somewhere in the world is going through something similar, that nobody is ever alone in their struggles, and there is always light at the end of the tunnel.