EAT PRAY LOVE
One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia
ELISABETH M. GILBERT is an American journalist and author. She is best known for her 2006 memoir, Eat Pray Love which has sold over 12 million copies and has translated into over 30 languages. The book was also made a film of the same name in 2010.
Eat, Pray, Love is a memoir of self-discovery, about what can happen when you claim responsibility for your own contentment and stop trying to live in imitation of society’s ideals. In her book Eat Pray Love Elizabeth Gilbert tells how she made the difficult choice to leave behind all the trappings of modern American success (marriage, house in the country, career) and find, instead, what she truly wanted from life.
Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned thirty, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She had everything an educated, ambitious American woman was supposed to want: a husband, a house, a successful career.
But instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she was consumed with panic, grief, and confusion. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be.
To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. In order to give herself the time and space to find out who she really was and what she really wanted, she got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world—all alone.
Eat, Pray, Love is the absorbing chronicle of that year. Her aim was to visit three places where she could examine one aspect of her own nature set against the backdrop of a culture that has traditionally done that one thing very well.
In Rome, she studied the art of pleasure, learning to speak Italian and gaining the twenty-three happiest pounds of her life.
India was for the art of devotion, and with the help of a native guru and a surprisingly wise cowboy from Texas, she embarked on four uninterrupted months of spiritual exploration.
In Bali, she studied the art of balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence. She became the pupil of an elderly medicine man and also fell in love the best way—unexpectedly.
Whether you read the book or watch Julia Roberts and her co-actors in the film, this book reminds us how quickly life moves, and that achieving our goals in life may often mean subjugating ourselves to a routine.
Remember that life is fleeting. We only live it once. Make sure to enjoy it.