The “Eat, Pray, Love” conundrum 

Love it or hate it, “Eat, Pray, Love” has become a blockbuster hit and well known book and movie. When watching or reading the story one feels a sense of wanderlust and adventure. But, you question if all of those things could really happen when you move.

In simple terms, yes they can. It is very hard to pick up and move your life to a new city, state, or even country. Your whole routine and your comforts are most likely gone. It’s easy to fall to the whole change your life and become a new person cliché.

But, I question why is that so bad? Is it not human nature to adapt to new surroundings. So why is it such a rude thing to say oh she’s gone “Wild” or “Eat, Pray, Love?”

I applaud those who are able to change their lives, and I have decided to take on the “conundrum.”

Here are a few things that I’ve already changed since being here

  • I’ve gone out more. I’m normally a homebody and I’m not very outgoing. But, being across the world from family, friends, and my boyfriend I’ve had to force myself to make friends. Thankfully facebook has helped with making friends.
  • I’ve changed my beauty regimen. It is really hot here (not surprising) but air conditioning isn’t very common abroad like it is in the US. So, I want to wear less makeup and more protection. Because of that I need to take better care of my skin while being here, and taking that back to the States.
  • Food. I didn’t have to cook for myself because I had a meal plan at USC. Now, I have to cook regularly. But, I’m excited to start cooking and I’m willing to try new things.
  • The big shocker: I have decided to give eggs another chance. But, they only get two tries and I’m not counting on it. If you know me I HATE eggs so this is a big change!
  • I’ve started looking in more often and having moments of reflection and meditation.

Aside from these few things I think that growing from travel experiences, whether they are as short as a few days or as long as a few months is very important. This experience in a new country will teach me not only to be more self sufficient, but also more self confident.
“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are sure to miss the future.” -JFK

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