Eat Pray Love
So the other nite I went to go see “Eat Pray Love”. It stars Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem. I’m watching every dollar these days but this was a must see. So I scrounged up some dollars and walked over to the theater and guess what?- it was free candy nite!! (No oreos, though.) I had read the book when it first came out and was so excited when I heard that it was being made into a film. I loved it!
I know that a lot of people have said that they dont really like the story- that “Liz” seems a bit self-indulgent and inconsiderate. But while I definitely sympathized with the husband who was left behind, (he was SOO pathetic!), I felt more inspired and motivated by Liz’ choice to set out on her own and “find herself”. She chose to put herself first and be happy. That was a brave thing to do. And the ironic thing is that,once she did that, thats when she found true love!!
For those of you who dont know the story, its about a woman named Liz who decides to leave her husband, her job, her family behind and just go traveling for a year. She goes to three places: Italy (Where she EATS), India (Where she PRAYS), and Indonesia (where she finds LOVE). While most of us dont have the luxury of doing what this woman did, we can defintely learn a lot from her experiences. Thruout her travels, Liz learns about forgiveness, letting go, appreciating life, helping others, loving someone, and most of all, loving herself.
One of my favorite scenes in the film was when Liz and her friends are at a pizza parlor in Italy. Her friend wants to eat more pizza but denies herself because shes trying to lose her “muffin top”. (most women know what that is). Julia then goes on to deliver this very empowering monologue about just letting go and being ourselves. About not being controlled by other peoples thoughts or opinions of us. About how we spend so much of our lives trying to please other people but in the end its us who pay the price.
I could go on and on about all of the other “messages” in the film, but that would bore you. So I’ll just repeat that it was a GREAT film and if you are able to, you shoudl go out and see it. Besides, Javier BArdem is in it, what more reason do you need? 🙂