Liz, You Had Me At "Eat..."
Day 6... And I'm keeping this up! Woohoo!
Today's challenge is to "find one or two people who are living the kind of life I want to live, and whose tribe I’d love to be part of" and then "write a short post about why I find them inspiring and the one question I would ask if I met them in real life".
I thought of someone I admire and would love to have as mentor: Elizabeth Gilbert. I adore her work, think she is fantastic, and enjoy the insight she provides her audience. She is remarkable!
However, I do not want to live the kind of life she lives, and for a couple of reasons: first, I do not really know what her life is like. One can paint a picture off of what is published on the internet and social media, but common sense tells me that I really don't know (and I am not keen on "idealizing"). I understand she has enjoyed a lot of success and her tribe is indeed pretty cool (c'mon, she's friends with Brene Brown, Glennon Doyle Melton, Oprah...). But in the same measure, she has had to deal with a lot of backlash and difficulties because of her ascension. I cannot imagine it has been easy for her. That is her journey, I respect it so much, but it's hers and hers only.
It's also because of her work's influence on me, that there is reason number two for not wanting her life: I like my own so much! In fact, I am in love with it (and I am not exaggerating). My life is less than perfect, I work a lot, and sometimes feel overwhelmed. But I'm enjoying and appreciating every single bit of it, even the not so good parts - This is MY life, and I'm so grateful to be taking part in it, working on myself, my dreams, being around people I love, and even suffering, if that teaches me something. If anything, reading Liz's books has made me appreciate what I have (and I think that has been her greatest gift to me).
But I would love to meet her! Gosh, if I could I would have an entire conversation with her, while eating lunch, on a sunshiny day, by the water (drinks on me!). Besides admiring her work and wisdom, I have the impression that she is a very honest person, that lives her life courageously, even if that means she'll upset people. Anybody that has such a commitment to truth is alright on my book. I once went to see Liz give a talk in Tallahassee and I was thoroughly charmed by her humor and wit! Now bear the cheeseballs of this statement: I had hopes I'd be able to give her a hug and thank her for lots of lovely hours spent and wisdom shared (reading her work has brought me a lot of joy and mental freedom). Alas, that only happened in my imagination.
As far as asking her a question... Well, there are a lot of questions I would like to ask (am I only allowed one? C'moooon!). But if I was allowed only one question, it would be this one: what would you have done differently?
It's easy to imagine that a person of her success would say "oh, nothing... everything I've done and went through has led me here... blah, blah, blah..." and that is an alright answer (I suppose). But if she would have done anything differently at all, I'd like to know. I'd like to learn from her experience, and take her point of view into consideration. I'm sure I would be as wide-eyed as I am when I am reading one of her books! Let me just put it this way: I love Liz G. and what her work has done for me.
That's it for today. See you tomorrow, folks!
(And Liz, if you ever read this, the invitation for lunch is still on ;)
This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 6