I recently finished Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love. What a wonderful book! I usually like to shy away from books that are being read by the masses, but I’m crazy about memoirs — travel memoirs in particular. As a memoir, it’s almost perfect.

I’m not going to go into too much detail, only to tell you to READ IT. It was so inspirational — the most inspirational book I’ve read since Rita Golden Gelman’s Tales of a Female Nomad (which my mom is reading and loving right now).

There are two quotes in this book that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about since.

The first:

“I am so surprised sometimes to notice that my sister is a wife and a mother, and I am not. Somehow I always thought it would be the opposite. I thought it would be me who would end up with a houseful of muddy boots and hollering kids, while Catherine would be living by herself, a solo act, reading alone at night in her bed….Against all predictions, we’ve created lives that tally with us. Her solitary nature means she needs a family to keep her from loneliness; my gregarious nature means I will never have to worry about being alone, even when I’m single.”
–Chapter 30

The second:

“People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that’s holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life. A true soul mate is probably the most important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then they leave. And thank God for it.”
–Chapter 48