“Oh my gosh!” my colleague exclaimed. “You SO have to read this!!!”
Her excitement was akin to discovering the true meaning of life.
All in one sweet novel.
Unlike countless others, it didn’t rock my world.
Eat Pray Love’s premise of “Woman losing herself then finding herself then (surprise, surprise) falling in love” was too clichéd.
Even, dare I say, selfish? Self-absorbed?
In Ubud, locals would tell me – thanks to Gilbert – Ketut Liyar, the mystical black magic man who predicted the“Love” in the novel – had turned into an overnight rockstar.
Thanks to Gilbert girl fans, his fortune telling sessions were suddenly booked out years ahead.
All hoping for a similar sexy Javier Bardem soul mate ending, no less.
I’m not sure what convinced me to attend her talk, “How to be creative” at the Opera House for the annual All About Women event.
Maybe I was lured by Alison from Talking Frankly’s charming powers. Or her enticing invitation to get tanked afterwards.
Anyway, despite what I thought of her book, when Gilbert took to the stage, barefoot, no less, this time I sat up and listened.
She spoke about fear. A lot.
The biggest hindrance of every person’s creativity.
We’re scared our work will be rejected.
Worried it isn’t perfect.
Upset that no one thinks it’s important enough.
Too frightened to try something new or challenging.
But we also give fear too much worth; holding it as precious and fragile.
We give more respect to fear than ourselves.
So we don’t achieve anything.
In whatever creative journey we take, fear will always claim its existence.
Like all crazy rides, we need to accommodate everyone on board.
We take note that it’s there, it’s trying to shake us up a little but we just don’t need let it get to the front seat.
As Gilbert says, “It can have a voice, but it doesn’t get a vote”
It was only fitting that Gilbert’s talk landed on International Women’s Day.
While there were poignant reminders of what’s holding me back, it clarified where my potential lies.
And yes, at the end of it all, there was wine.
Do you give fear the front seat? When did you last tell it to back off? Eat, Pray, Love – yay or nay?
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