An Open Letter to Liz Gilbert
My dearest Liz:
This is one of those letters that needs to be written, but not necessarily read.
I am writing to you to express my gratitude for everything that your work has helped me to accomplish, as well as helped me grow and become a better version of myself.
I read “Eat, Pray, Love” for the first time when I was 17 years old. I absolutely loved the chapter in Italy. I dreamed about going there myself. I wanted to learn Italian. I wanted to eat pasta. I wanted to buy bigger jeans.
I also remember the book being very long and I needed to put a lot of effort into getting through the chapter about India. At this time in my life, I had never really heard of yoga, and if it wasn´t for my sense of duty, I would have never finished it.
I read that book again three years later, having recently broken up with my boyfriend of four years. At that time, I discovered completely new things from the book. The chapter in Bali owned my heart and soul.
Healing and learning to love again. That is what I needed. That book helped me a whole lot, once again.
And once more (for the third time if you’re keeping track), I read “Eat, Pray, Love”. I read it during my last days in Thailand, after finishing my yoga teacher training. Once again, new parts of your story resonated with me differently than they ever had before, especially in the chapter in India. Italy didn´t feel like the most significant part anymore. Once more this book was like a guiding light for me, and I believe that I will continue reading it every few years, until I know it word by word.
This book has become like a favorite song. Every time I read or listen now, the words are so familiar. They speak to my heart.
Now, I am reading it for the fourth time in six years. I have absolutely fallen in love.
Your words speak to my heart and soul.
What was once your journey, now encourages me on my own.
You have served us great good.
My dearest Liz, thank you for everything that you have written.
Thank you for being courageous enough to dig out those jewels of yours and share them with the world.
Thank you for sharing your story, to help us own our own stories.