Thursday, April 5, 2012

Eat. Pray. Love.

[This post was originally written last April--is that cheating?--and gets more hits than almost any other post on my blog. I'm still not sure why.]

Eat. Pray. Love.
Ate. Prayed. Loved.

This movie took the idea behind The Feminine Mystique and applied it to...people. Not just women. But all persons who feel out of place, like a misfit, or who is a don't-fit-the-mold type. I've felt out of place before, perhaps not to the extreme as the characters in this film, but I've felt alone in a room full of  people. Neighborless with neighbors living above, below, and next door. It's unnerving.

But Eat. Pray. Love. suggests embracing the scariness of situations like that, and learn from the people around you. "I need to be unnerved," says Julie Roberts, the lost femme fatale, and then glances away from James Franco, cradles the coffee cup...two long blinks.

This line prefaces her journey of self-discovery. "I need to be unnerved." It resonates, "Try something new."

Another favorite quote: "Having a baby is like getting a tattoo on your face." You have to be fully committed. I must've laughed for a full 5 min. If only every parent brought the same kind of commitment to a parent/child relationship than it takes to ink the forehead. (I already know if I had a tattoo on my forehead it would say RELAX backwards, so that I could remind myself to take it easy every time I looked in the mirror. Either that or permanent eye-liner. Or the Weezer symbol: "=w=")

Another favorite quote is "Maybe you are a woman in search of her word." Julie ends up picking an Italian word that means, "Cross over with me". It had plot significance in both the journey and the resolution. I wonder what word would I use to be the symbolic representation of my life's journey and current resolution. If I'm going for a foreign word like Julie, the language would have to be Spanish in honor of my heritage.

And my word...escritora  (writer)
And my fave English word...vermilion. It's the color of my personality.

Finally (just for fun) when Julie's character visits India she meets a man who she accuses of "always speaking in bumper sticker." I imagined a conversation I might have with bumper stickers, and here's where my mind took me:

BS: Honk if you hate noise pollution.

ME: Honk yourself.

BS: Honk if you love Hanson, then drive into a tree.

ME: Good one.

BS: I is a college student.


ME: Better stay in school.

BS: I'm not a complete idiot, some parts are missing.

ME: [Puts arm over BS's shoulder. Head tilted. Polite Smile.] Of course you're not.

BS: [revs engine] Honk if you're horny.

ME: Whoa, Mister. I'm not that kinda girl!

BS: My son is an honor student at the state correctional facility.

ME: [eye brows pinched] Okkkaaaaayyyyy. I don't know how to respond to that.

BS: Some people are only alive because it is illegal to kill them.

ME: What does that mean?

BS: Honk If You've Never Seen An Uzi Fired From A Car Window.

ME: [running away.]


  1. If this sticker is getting smaller, the light is probably green.

  2. I can see why you reposted this one. It is a fab post because that movie is incredible. I will now be making my hubbie watch it with me, again, this evening.

    My word in any language is storyteller. But I love it best in french: conteur- storyteller.

    My fave bumpersticker was one I saw here in good old Oklahoma: Well butter my buns and call me a bisquit. I am not sure what it means exactly, but I still laugh when I think about it.

    Great post! SabrinaAFish

    1. That bumper just makes me want biscuits.

      Wait, is that dirty?

    2. HAHAHAHAH! There are no words...

  3. LMAO now that was talking bumper sticker. Some of them are just so dumb I don't know how anyone can put them on their car. Haven't watched the movie though, although now I want to so I shall find it.

    1. 10 bucks says there's already a bumper sticker that says "bumper stickers are lame" and if there is...I prolly still wouldn't get it. =)

  4. I have never seen that movie.
    How bout Idiots are closer than they appear?

    1. I bet there's a blog out there with that title.

  5. "I'm not a complete idiot, some parts are missing."

    Love it!

    Also love the one Ruth just mentioned: Idiots are closer than they appear.


  6. I just saw one that said, "I had a life, but then my job ate it."


  7. Not cheating. Now I must read that book/ see that movie.

    Best bumper sticker I've ever seen "If you're going to ride my ass, at least pull my hair"

  8. I can see why this one had such a following....(lovin the shoes by the way)
    bumper sticker: my other car's out of gas (prices up in your area too?)

  9. Loved the movie Eat Pray Love and also your quotes. I too would run from an uzi out the window.



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