“Eat, Pray, Love” is an autobiography about a woman’s life journey to find pleasure, transcendence, and the balance of both. It is an account of her journey to Italy, India, and Indonesia, which is told in 108 tales (36 for each country). The reason behind the chosen numbers is explained in the book.
Elizabeth Gilbert had the life that most women wish for—a successful career and a husband— yet she still found herself feeling empty and lost. To make matters worse, she is consumed by guilt of her divorce, and broken and confused in her on-and-off relationship with a hippie yoga devotee named David. The incidents left her in severe depression and loneliness that haunted her days and nights for a long time.
Sometimes, no matter what we have and how much we have achieved, nothing seems to be satisfactory enough. We tend to crave for change, big change, but we don’t even know where and how to start. Such case may happen when one has lived the life set out by the society’s standard instead of following one’s inner passion.
Realising she had to make changes in her life to keep her away from her sadness, Gilbert then set out to search for the meaning of life and to cure her inner wound in Italy, India, and Indonesia. In her trip, she got to discover the pleasure of food in Italy, tranquility in India, and a new love in Indonesia.
Thanks to her remarkable laid-back nature, Gilbert got to flourish memorable friendships with a number of people throughout her adventure to the three lands.
It wasn’t an easy “road to self-discovery” for Gilbert. In the three countries she went to, loneliness and depression still haunted her like unwanted visitors sneaking into her life when they can. But each time she gets too sad, Gilbert allows herself to feel the emotion instead of fighting against what she couldn’t control.
Due to the book’s success and huge following, “Eat, Pray, Love” became major motion picture which starred Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem, and directed and written for screenplay by Glee creator Ryan Murphy in 2010.
Gilbert did a great job narrating her experiences and expressing her views of the world. The book is honest, witty and easy to follow. For all the right reasons, the book has reached an impressively large audience, most of whom may have gone through similar challenges as Gilbert recalled in her book.
Have you ever felt so lost in life? Have you ever felt like you are just living for the sake of living, and that your life is a total waste? I think at some point in life, everyone would have to go through identity crisis and difficulty in finding the meaning of life. The journey of self-discovery is going to be a bumpy ride, that’s for sure. But if one perseveres in looking for reasons to live, one would feel a wonderful sense of bliss waking up in the morning and finding themselves feeling blessed.
Author: Elizabeth Gilbert