Title: Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It
My rating: 5/5
In the ten years since its electrifying debut, Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love has become a worldwide phenomenon, empowering millions of readers to set out on paths they never thought possible, in search of their own best selves. Here, in this candid and captivating collection, nearly fifty of those readers—people as diverse in their experiences as they are in age and background—share their stories. The journeys they recount are transformative—sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, but always deeply inspiring.
Like many of the personal narratives written to compile this work, I found myself back into the mindset of Eat Pray Love. Halfway through the book, I paused, got out my planner, and inserted several times for yoga practices at studios across the city. I felt reinvigorated to look at my life and think about what am I doing for myself? Similar to the writers, I found similar battles of selfishness, timing, finances, and wondering what others will think of me – especially if I’m not falling in line with what they want and/or expect of me. Yoga made be something small, but I want to be feel good both inside and out. I wanted to breathe again, I mean really breathe. Having that feeling of happiness and pure joy is missing. Sometimes, I do wonder what it would be like to pick up and leave, go hike across a mountain range, live in a different country, backpack across the U.S – something. Honestly, was skeptical of the power that Eat Pray Love could have on changing one’s life, but reading and immersing myself in the stories of these personal accounts, I believe that it is possible for each of us. Granted, it won’t be easy, but I can’t just sit here and wait for things to happen to me. Now, what do I do next with my life? Time to dig deeper into that space I rarely reflect on.
What have you always wanted to do but haven’t…yet?