Monday, September 1, 2014

Curious Conversation About 'Eat, Pray, Love'

Eat, Pray, Escape ... The movie...

The other day someone asked me what immediately comes to mind when I imagine my life from this day forward (I'm not going to get into the circumstances of who asked me and why, so just bear with me). I immediately responded by saying something along the lines of, "writing, traveling, eating, drinking...At the end of the day, my sig other and I head out for some red wine and a nice dinner under a moonlit night somewhere in Italy, or France, or South America, or..." well, you get the picture.

The woman who asked me the question assumed a kind of sour puss, shook her head, said, "Eat, Pray, Love...That's you. I hated that book."

I said, "I read it, and I liked it." Me, smiling, like, lighten up already.

She said, "Selfish. The writer of that book gave up everything so she could pursue only what she wanted in life."

I said, "But it's her life. The only one she's got. Maybe she gave up what she didn't want anymore, so that she could gain the world."

The woman shook her head once more, checked the time on her wristwatch, then quickly changed the subject.

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1 comment:

  1. LOL! I must admit I wish you'd asked her what she thought you should want to do. (There's that word "should" -- gets us into all kinds of trouble!) Then again, she obviously had her own ideas of what a "good" life entailed...probably included hair shirts and regular self flagellation. So that conversation couldn't have gone anywhere good... ;-)