"Hey, Groceries ...
Believe in love again."
DAY 337: Today was my first full official day of freedom from ALL responsibilities ... I had NOTHING to do - no errands, no school work, no theatre. It was MARVELOUS! Late in the afternoon, I decided I should celebrate having the time to take myself out to dinner and a movie by TAKING MYSELF out to dinner and a movie! After a healthy salad (so I could have popcorn later without guilt) at my favorite haunt, Jason's Deli, I looked at the movie offerings for the weekend.
I wasn't too excited about anything in the list ... I didn't want a mindless testosterone-induced action flick or a horror movie (though I do like both from time to time). There were a couple of "chick flicks" in the list - a comedy, "Switch" ... eh ... and "Eat Pray Love," which I surprisingly had heard very little about. I did know, vaguely, that it was about a married woman pulling up stakes and travelling around the globe to "find herself." So, swallowing my dislike for all-things-Julia-Roberts, I gave it a go ...
Boy, am I incredibly grateful that I did ... I cried through nearly the entire movie. It's been quite a long time since a movie has touched me personally and spiritually like this one did - "chick flick" or not. Elizabeth Gilbert's story definitely resonated with me ... her dissatisfaction with her personal life, her inability to sustain a happy and loving relationship, her feeling that there's "something more" that she needs to find.
I was fascinated by her quest - to find pleasure (through food, mostly ...) in Italy, then "God" in an ashram in India, then a healthy BALANCE of both in Cambodia. I've ALWAYS been drawn to Eastern spirituality and religions ... heck, Siddhartha is one of my favorite books. Through her travels, Liz discovers self-acceptance and most of all, self-forgiveness. There were such amazing lessons in her story - I fully expect to see the movie again and the book has already been downloaded on my Nook! For a person who has battled his own demons with unsuccessful relationships, love, loneliness, spirituality, self-loathing, and desertion, it really hit home.