Eat, Pray, Love


I don’t know if you read the book.  I didn’t have a chance to.  However, as dis-similar a movie might be to the book I did have a chance to see the movie and the interviews following the book Eat, Pray, Love.

Sometimes, while I was watching and listening to the conversations about being in search for “something more” I would sit there and fantasize what women who chose not to have children are able to do with their lives in order to find happiness.

In all honesty, I found the advice that those women had to offer good and almost relatable. However, if the only thing that matters is your OWN decision; you are probably more likely to make very different choices with your life.

But, what about when you factor in a child; or for that matter multiple children.  Is your happiness what matters?   How do you find the balance? How does the family find balance?

Yes, I agree, it is probably true that children won’t be happy unless you’re happy.  But, children grow up and are responsible for finding their own happiness.  Because, after all Life Happens.  

Personally, I don’t think you can be truly happy and selfish at the same time.

And, as much as I love being a mother I find myself struggling often with what my friend terms as “The Feminine Mystique“.  I don’t know.

But, as I slowly come to grips with the reality that my children are really only dependent on me for a short time I find myself in an awkward place trying to navigate into the unknown.  And, a little scared.

I really don’t know what to do; and I still haven’t figured it out.  But, I thought about this idea of Eating, Praying and Loving and wondered if it could still apply even if I was a mother.

I figure if I am going to use that philosophy as a guide I don’t need to copy everything.  I don’t need to indulge in fancy food but instead can just keep it healthy; I don’t need to travel to india to pray but can do it in my own home; and love, well, that came naturally when I became a mom. How hard could it be?

You’d be surprised how often you can forget these things during the daily chores of raising your family in today’s world.  I continue to try to implement these things into my day; especially while raising my children.

Live and Learn. We all Do.

Thanks for reading. Please pass this on to someone who means something to you.

About julia29

Hi. My name is Julia El-Haj. I am a Hall of Fame Athlete, an MBA, Professional Certified Marketer, Certified Youth Fitness Trainer, a Specialist in Sports Nutrition and a licensed Real Estate agent. I gave up my "seat at the table" to be home with my 3 children because that's where I was needed most. I blog about everything with Wellness in mind.
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