I Want To Buy Everyone This Book

Dear Liz Gilbert,

My sister and I watched Eat Pray Love on opening night. We loved it (as in actually loved it – not just saying “loved it” for exaggeration) because we both adore travel and because we both enjoy food. Of course, we were very fond of its message too. Soon after, we read the book. Your book. Since then, the answer I have given (still give today) to anyone asking, “So. Who is your favourite author?” has been/still is, you.

It was midway through my last year of university, when assignments were becoming lethal that I listened to your famous Ted talk. You talked of creativity in a way I had never heard before. Suddenly, the pressures and anxieties around writing the perfect essay were out the door. Instead, I showed up to my study table, I made time and I worked and I worked and I worked until my muse/genius/inspiration was convinced I was serious and in Maya Angelo’s words, spoke, “Okay. Okay. I’ll come.” And it did. Just as you’d promised it would. And it got me through. I passed and I felt invincible. If only I had though of creativity in this limitless way before.

One week ago, I bought your latest work Big Magic at the Geneva airport bookstore. I am in love and I don’t know how to thank you. It is liberating, humorous, inspiring and above all, real. I aspire to write like you, in a manner that’s both intelligent and conversational, serious and loving, funny and true.

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Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.Processed with VSCO with c3 presetProcessed with VSCO with c3 preset
It’s a simple and generous rule of life that whatever you practice, you will improve at.Processed with VSCO with c3 presetProcessed with VSCO with c3 preset
But to yell at your creativity, saying, “You must earn money for me!” is sort of like yelling at a cat; it has no idea what you’re talking about, and all you’re doing is scaring it away, because you’re making really loud noises and your face looks weird when you do that.
(All quotes by Elizabeth Gilbert form Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear)

15 comments

  1. Yelling at a cat. Ahaha. I know two or three things about that. I also read the book, or better said, I listened to it thanks to Audible. I loved the book and more the voice of Ms Gilbert. Keep your heart open as it is today. You are a lovely creature, Anisa. :)

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  2. I have bought my fair share of this text for friends as well. She makes some clever messages stick in my head. Also, she does a fantastic reading of her book if you haven’t heard it before. I listened to it on Audible and enjoyed hearing her enthusiasm as well as reading it. :)

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  3. Thank you. I agree that this author is amazing writer, and I will check out her new book.
    I see a special and amazing person in you. This is not a taarof. When you get to know me you will see that I don’t b.s.
    Please check out the free movie I posted on my timeline.
    The one from Louise Hay. It is worth your time.
    Let me know you got this comment.

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  4. I listened to big magic on Audio, Elizabeth Gilbert is just as brilliant in the verbal form as she is in the written. I laughed, I cried, I resonated, I became inspired and humbled all at the same time :) thank you for sharing! xx

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