I’ll start off by saying, I’ve probably watched this movie over 20 times (no exaggeration) and own it on DVD, and Amazon Prime! Eat Pray Love, has to be one of the most empowering & liberating movies/books out there! Needless to mention how Julia Roberts SLAYED her role as she always does! She’s such a classic, and can transform anything onto screen! If you haven’t read or watched the movie before its about a woman who, after years of repeated unhappy cycles, she leaves on a world-wide search for meaning of life, & fulfillment.
The first time I read this book, it was one of those moments where I made a clear distinction of reality vs fantasy. It was a moment where I knew that this story was so amazing and inspiring but never once did the thought pass through my mind that, “maybe this could be me one day.” I thought to myself, “just another one of those stories where heartbreak leads to a perfect ending.” Have you ever read a book or watched a movie where you were so amazed and happy at the outcome of someone’s struggles, and hardships, then thought to yourself, “Man that only happens in movies, & no way that can ever happen to me like that?” Well this was one of those moments for me. A few years later I watched the movie when it came out and absolutely LOVED it! The messages resonated with me even more after watching the movie, and I was more inspired when I could actually see it acted out, Julia Roberts nailed her role in a movie AGAIN!
Throughout this movie there are so many pivotal points, but I just want to highlight a few scenes that resonated with me personally. The moment in the movie where Liz walks into her friend’s office, and has a breakdown about her life and how it’s gone to crap! She says, “Since I was 15 I’ve either been with a guy or breaking up with a guy. I haven’t had so much as two weeks just to deal with myself. I used to have this appetite for food, for life… and it’s just gone. I want to go someplace where I can marvel at something.”—So it was in this moment where I probably shouted out loud saying “AMEN SISTA!” This moment was so real, so raw, & so necessary. As she vented, I felt as though she were taking the words directly from my mind! I don’t believe that she was saying she had a horrible life, BUT she was missing something, not truly living her life out loud, not living as her true authentic self…hell, not even knowing who she was! Can you relate ladies? I know I could! Always in and out of a relationship. Living for others, allowing your emotions to become dependent upon your circumstances, just going through the motions. Have you ever stopped to think, “What have I been doing all of these years? Am I happy? Am I exhausted? What do I need in this very moment? I encourage you to take that moment, and indulge in it. Recently, Ive taken a stance in my life where I am constantly checking in with myself about what I need. We are so busy being concerned with other people’s needs that we tend to neglect our own. Its so necessary to make sure that we are okay, and that we have what we need because when we are not whole and happy, we can negatively impact other people and situations. Ladies, we want to carry good energy with us, we want to radiate with love, happiness, and power! We should be on a mission everyday to make sure that we are constantly vibrating higher. I encourage you and even challenge you to put yourself first. Do whatever it takes. if you need to take a leave of absence at work for a while to BREATHE or hell, even quit your job, DO IT! If you want to start traveling, don’t think about it just GO. if you’ve always wanted to start a business or even a blog but you always found reasons why you weren’t ready to, just DO IT! Because now is the time. Now is the only time that we have. Now is the most perfect time.
Another scene that screams out at me, is when she goes to kneel on the bathroom floor of her house after having a bad night with her husband. She starts to pray to God asking what to do about her situation. She is so desperate for answers that she begins to cry out loud in prayer begging God to tell her what to do. Moments later in the scene, God speaks to her softy and simply says, “Go to bed Liz, go to bed.”—This sounds so simple, yet so perfect. This reminded me of moments in my life where I so badly wanted answers from God about a situation, and would become so eager to know what to do, and sometimes wouldn’t hear anything. What I would have given to just hear exactly what to do, but this moment confirms for us that sometimes, we don’t need an answer right away. Sometimes, we just need to “go to bed”. Be still. Do nothing. So much that we worry and stress about day to day are typically things beyond our control, and when we look back on those things, we notice how they always had a way of working out. Ladies, God always has our best interest at heart. He’s always working things out for our good, behind the scenes working. We can’t always see
I want to encourage anyone who has not seen the movie to please watch it! You won’t regret it, and you’ll thank me for it! For those who have seen it, go back and watch it again soon. See if you’re able to take something more from it that you weren’t able to before. Even though I’ve watched the movie many times, I received something different each time. Also we can receive deeper messages when we are receptive to it, and seeking insight. When we open ourselves up, find it in some of the most beautiful ways. My most recent time watching the movie, I realized that there’s a hunger inside of me to explore, share, and indulge but there seemed to always be a sense of fear holding me back from pursuing what I wanted; pursuing my dreams, pursuing myself. This movie inspired me to live my dreams out loud, to be brave, to love again, and to face fear in the face so that I can become whole. So I can heal, So I can find true love, So I can find myself, So I can be (home.)