It was sad news when Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of the famously popular book and movie, “Eat, Pray, Love” announced she was separating from her husband a few days ago. This news made me feel nothing but empathy for her. Many “fans” were posting that they felt betrayed by this outcome. I, however, can totally relate to it.
Don’t all relationships begin in some sweet, romantic way? Haven’t we all experienced that at some point in our lives? And don’t many of these relationships eventually fail?
The real story of Eat, Pray, Love is one woman’s path to healing after a painful divorce. How when she spent time getting to know other aspects of herself, (aspects she never would have explored if she’d stayed in the bad marriage), she fundamentally changed herself. Because this new experience, this world exploration, ultimately was a trip inside her soul. It was a way for her to find the words and self-knowledge and dreams and goals that she had been hiding from herself.
I remember and have shared with you all, how difficult that first year was for me. The splitting up of every “thing” as well as all those emotional entanglements that continued to tie me to my Ex. And then the decision, after some healing had gone on, and some fear had dissipated, to remake myself and my life. Because I deserved that. I deserved to love spending time with myself, making new friends, and getting comfortable in my own skin.
That is the real message of Eat, Pray, Love. And as sad as it is that this love story did not have the forever-happy ending, it is a love story nonetheless. There is no reason to throw stones. Let’s all realize that love can be fleeting and it can end badly, and if it does, we are still left with ourselves. We are left after the wound closes, with a path to a new beginning. A path that may lead us on our own journey that teaches us how to eat, pray and love ourselves, and live the happiest version of our own deserved, amazing, lives.
We all go through major life transitions when relationships end… Through this website, I will share my thoughts as I walk the path of “New-Self” discovery. It doesn’t matter which side of 50 you are on. The real question is, Are you ready to live life? To forge a Path of Your Own Making (For a change!)? Then stop dwelling over the What-Might-Have-Beens and join me. Share your thoughts here, comment on mine, and let’s do this together!