My mom wouldn’t let me buy a book for the plane ride to Spain.
“Why would you buy a book when you can rent them from the library for free?!”
Sorry mom, but seriously?!
So I ransacked the house to find a book to read, and saw Eat, Pray, Love on our bookshelf. Done.
I read this excerpt last week. It’s from the author’s time in Italy and describes exactly what I’ve been feeling, but unable to explain.
So thank you, Elizabeth Gilbert, for being an actual writer (unlike me) and having the ability to put thoughts into eloquently written words (unlike me).
“Generally speaking, though, Americans have an inability to relax into sheer pleasure. Ours is an entertainment-seeking nation, but not necessarily a pleasure-seeking one. Americans spend billions to keep themselves amused with everything from porn to theme parks to wars, but that’s not exactly the same thing as quiet enjoyment. Americans work harder and longer and more stressful hours than anyone in the world today. But….we seem to like it. Alarming statistics back this observation up, showing that many Americans feel more happy and fulfilled in their offices than they do in their own homes. Of course, we all inevitably work too hard, then we get burned out and have to spend the whole weekend in our pajamas, eating cereal straight out of the box and staring at the TV in a mild coma (which is the opposite of working, yes, but not exactly the same thing as pleasure). Americans don’t really know how to do nothing. This is the cause of that great sad American stereotype- the over stressed executive who goes on vacation, but who cannot relax”
-Elizabeth Gilbert. Eat, Pray, Love.
[Crossing my fingers and hoping this isn’t against some copyright law. It’s just so perfect and I had to share]
I’ve heard that the Spaniards say that Americans live to work, but they (the Spaniards) work to live. It’s so true and I’ve definitely noticed the difference.
Life here is much simpler, pleasurable, and relaxed. People are meant to live like this, I’m convinced.
I think that it’s safe to say that I’m experiencing my own version of Eat, Pray, Love in every aspect. I’m definitely eating, praying and loving. I’m never leaving. Sorry? (Not sorry).