Doing Something Drastic
“The only thing more unthinkable than leaving was staying; the only thing more impossible than staying was leaving.”
Elizabeth Gilbert, from Eat Pray Love.
Elizabeth Gilbert’s story in Eat, Pray, Love is unique in the way that it’s told, but the situation in which Gilbert found herself certainly isn’t new. Very often, adults confront life situations that make them feel lost, out of touch, and aware of the need to make a change, but unsure of how to make it. (When I was in university, I became discouraged with journalism school and took off to the Dominican to work for five months. Although I stayed on one island, it was a big journey to take alone, and I learned an incredible amount about myself. I also learned that I wanted to go back to school—so I did! But I’m not going to say I never looked back at what might have been if I’d stayed on that island.)
Have you ever reached an impasse in life, when doing something drastic in order to shake the feeling that something is missing seems the only answer? What did you do? What do you wish you had done?