I know this was discussed in December but I had not read the book yet.
Last Saturday I spent a delicious day reading Eat Pray Love. Elizabeth Gilbert has written a delightful memoir that is a must read. Author Gilbert finds herself anchorless after a divorce of a long term marriage and the sporatic ending of a relationship with her soulmate, David. In a way that can only be read to understand, Elizabeth finds herself through food, prayer, and love again in Italy, India, and Indonesia.
Having experienced a relationship with a soulmate personally, I found myself drawn to and agreeing with Author Gilbert’s definition. In chapter 48 she writes:
“People think a soulmate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soulmate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life. A true soulmate is probably the most important person that you will ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soulmate forever? Nah, Too painful. Soulmates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself and then they leave.”
I believe this definition to be correct. I just wish I had thought about it sooner. It would have saved me a lot of grieving. Maybe I need a three-country hiatus.
What is your opinion about soulmates?