Quickie Summary [Courtesy of Wikipedia]:
Elizabeth Gilbert (Julia Roberts) had everything a modern woman is supposed to dream of having – a husband, a house, a successful career – yet like so many others, she found herself lost, confused, and searching for what she really wanted in life. Newly divorced and at a crossroads, Gilbert steps out of her comfort zone, risking everything to change her life, embarking on a journey around the world that becomes a quest for self-discovery. In her travels, she discovers the true pleasure of nourishment by eating in Italy; the power of prayer in India, and, finally and unexpectedly, the inner peace and balance of true love in Bali.
I watched this movie first thing in the morning as I decided to clean around the house. The first impression I got from looking at the DVD cover was, ‘this would be good to watch whilst cleaning. Seems chilled out.’ It was, in a surprising good way. The more I cleaned the more I found myself jumping in and out of the room re-winding the movie, eager to know why Julia Roberts was crying or shouting at the top of her lungs to Tulsi when he asked her to go with her on the boat, how she travelled from New York to Italy leaving that hunk James Franco behind. I was not concentrating, so I sat my butt down and watched the whole movie again from start to finish like any other sane normal person.
The more I watched it the more inspired I felt, but it did not end on that note. When I finished watching it I felt…relieved. Like my heart was lifted. It gave me a huge insight on life. One that I as well as others always see, but tend to forget due to our daily routines. Which is…Life is beautiful. It truly is, but we tend to forget that don’t we? We just go on living our lives honestly expecting to wake up the next day, trying to take care of ourselves, support ourselves so we can stand on our own two feet.
Julia Roberts did what I believe most of us would love to do. DROP EVERYTHING! And just get out there and experience something more. Feel something more. I sure as heck would love to. Not because I love the idea of travelling, but because it is important. One does not need to travel beyond continents to do so really, but it is important that we do find our own balance. It is important for us to be happy physically, mentally and spiritually. To let go of things that are out of our control. Once we do we feel free and I expect that once people find their balance, the way they go about living life completely changes.
It took Julia Roberts a while to do so, but everyone is different having experienced different events in life, but it is always worth the try.
Eat: Love every digestable bit of life you have left
Pray: Believe that there is something more out there. The more curious you become the more wiser and intellect you shall appear to be.
Love: Appreciate all that is around you. In order to ‘Love’ one must have felt pain. Don’t be afraid to love. It is a part of life as much as you are.
That sums up what I personally learnt from the movie 🙂
“To lose balance sometimes for love is part of living a balanced life.”
“But you must stop looking at the world through your head. You must look through your heart, instead.”
“People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life.
A true soul mate is probably the most important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then leave.
A soul mates purpose is to shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in, make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform your life, then introduce you to your spiritual master…”
“This is a good sign, having a broken heart. It means we have tried for something.”