Advice from Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray Love

We came across advice from Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat, Pray, Love and we wanted to pass it along to our readers. We hear advice along the way as we are growing up and some advice we receive is good, other times it is just not applicable at that moment and even once in a while, it is bad advice. But if we are open to listening and being true to ourselves, we will find our true path. Here at Go Inspired, we encourage you to travel, travel and travel some more! Learning about other people, cultures and beliefs is a way to make this world a bit better of a place.

This was taken from Elizabeth Gilbert’s facebook on advice she wrote to a daughter of a friend.

“Out into the world you go! Here is some advice along your way: Stay out of debt! Keep your expenses low and learn how to live without luxuries so you can have a bigger and more free life, unbound by the fear of the bill collector. Remember that Autonomy Is The God of Woman. Never give your heart or your body to anyone who doesn’t view you as a precious treasure. Never use another person’s heart or body as a way to pass time while you’re waiting for real love to come along. Don’t ever expect somebody else to hand your destiny to you — go out and find it. Follow your curiosity bravely, because ultimately it is your curiosity that will lead you to your passion. Remember that you are not made of sugar candy: You are stronger than you think, more powerful than you could ever imagine. Therefore, stay near people who know that you are strong and stay away from people who fear that you are weak. Character is more important than personality, both in yourself and in your friends. Learn how to be happy alone. Listen more than you speak. (I’m still learning this one!) Don’t worry what anyone is thinking about you; they are only ever thinking about themselves, anyhow. Don’t smoke. Don’t ride motorcycles — especially not in Southeast Asia. Floss. Wear your seatbelt. Don’t drink sugary sodas. Try to be creative for a half an hour a day. Save your money (have I mentioned this?) and give yourself the gift of travel. Don’t get married too young: Statistics show that the happiest women are those who delayed marriage. (In the meantime, if you want to wear a pretty diamond ring, you can always buy one for yourself.) Be interested and you will always be interesting. Have FUN!

Love, Liz”

Through travel…

“Through travel I first became aware of the outside world; it was through travel that I found my own introspective way into becoming a part of it.”

– Eudora Welty

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Jupiter’s Travels

“I needed no better reason for the journey than to be exactly where I was, knowing what I knew. Those were the times when I felt full of natural wisdom, scratching at heaven’s very door.”

– Ted Simon, Jupiter’s Travels

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Kind people

“One of the great things about travel is that you find out how many good, kind people there are.”

— Edith Wharton

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On the Road by Jack Kerouac

“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.”

– Jack Kerouac, On the Road

My path

“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.”

– Rosalia de Castro

Living Abroad…not all roses

We all know that living abroad provides for wonderful experiences. But sometimes we learn the hard way that the magical place we are living in, may not feel so magical all the time. Living abroad is an amazing opportunity. New places to discover, new friends to make, new food to try. But as humans, we tend to crave routine and similarity. And this “similarity”, can be hard to find when we are in a new place and all the “new” and “exciting” things are completely overwhelming. The good news is that you have the power to control most of your feelings. If you go in with a bad attitude, chances are it will be bad. If you go in with a positive attitude, chances are it will be good though some bad days are to be expected. And this is the beauty in being able to live abroad. You can look at life through new glasses. No place is perfect though when far away from “home”, we tend to romanticize everything back home. Then when you are “home”, you realize it wasn’t as wonderful as you had remembered. So our advice is this… Try as much as possible to find the good in what you are experiencing.  Live the life-explore, discover and appreciate!

We came across this article in the Huffington Post and wanted to share it. Living abroad