One of my favorite books of all time is “Eat, Pray, Love.” When I first picked up this book I was really unsure if I would like it, let alone that it would have a great impact on my life. That all sounds like really grand statements I am sure, but I wholeheartedly mean them. I read the book my freshmen year of college. I can’t tell you how perfect the timing was. I had no idea what I was going to do for the rest of my life, and I certainly hadn’t chosen a major yet. I was one of those students who was labeled as “predeclared.” That was a nice way of putting it, I just felt like I was someone who had no idea what they were doing, but leave it to academia to make it sound better than what it was. Or at least that is how I felt about it, honestly, I was kind of ashamed of it. But anyways, this book really really helped out my soul searching. “Eat Pray Love” is like a journey through another person’s soul, and their struggle to find their own way. Needless to say, I instantly connected with Gilbert. How can you not, she reveals so much about herself, down to her darkest depths. It was so refreshing to be taken out of my own body and transported into hers, living her journey. The movie they made about the book is definitely worthy of watching, but the the book…. the book takes you through the inner workings of her mind and soul, and it is impossible not to love her for it. Gilbert not only shares her journey, but through sharing her journey, she gives you a sort of unintentional wisdom that can only be seen through experience– and she gives that freely.
I don’t know if that will incite you to read it, but the real message is that Gilbert not only has everyday life wisdom, but wisdom from writer to writer. In my own quest to find out what writing is all about, and what I want to do with my own writing, I stumbled across her thoughts on writing. Once again, I feel like she knew exactly what I wanted to know. Her adventures with writing (which turns out could be a memoir of its own) is a totally new persepective than what I have gotten from any other writer. So, if you are always up for some writing advice, or even just to hear a very interesting little bit about Gilbert’s writing, I encourage you to follow the link here– Thoughts on Writing-Gilbert Gilbert is an awesome source of wit and wisdom. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!