I was watching Eat, Pray Love with my boyfriend recently. It was his first time watching, but I’d seen it multiple times and partially read the book years ago. He loved the idea of it, how Elizabeth Gilbert abandoned her life for an entire year, the freedom, the beauty, the self-learning, because after-all, that’s really what the whole thing was about right? Getting to know yourself, healing yourself, growing for yourself.
I think perhaps my favorite part of the movie (again, I did not make it all the way to the end, so I’m unsure if this was in there) was when she discovered what her word would be. Attraversiamo, which is Italian for let’s cross over. It really fit perfectly with where she was and what she wanted to do next with her life.
I bring this up because I’ve noticed that people are dedicating a word to their new year. I’m not sure if this is a new thing or if I’m just now noticing it, but I think that it’s a great idea. I can’t narrow it down to a word–mostly because I feel like it will take me a while to land on the right word–but I believe that 2020 will be a year of transformation. They always say that the life-lasting changes are those that creep up slowly, so slowly that you don’t always register that they’re happening right away. Things feel like they are finally falling into place, but looking at this past decade, I see that everything really does happen for a reason, and those reasons have led me to where I am today.