Friday October 23rd my parents and I made the relatively strenuous drive at 8:30 at night to Redlands University to see my brother at his college Homecoming.
To be honest, I couldn’t care less about football. In fact, I chatted the whole time and not about the plays being made on the field.
But, on Saturday, the day of the largely anticipated game (admittedly, not by me), I went to see something truly unforgettable.
A few hours before the game, Redlands hosted a guest speaker and that speaker was Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat, Pray, Love.
I read the book a few years ago and loved it, so I was looking forward to her speech. The main idea of Gilbert’s speech was her desire to live a creative life, her journey to attaining that life, and to encourage others into also living this life.
First of all, she was very clear: to live a creative life, you must follow curiosity rather than fear, and the two are closely intertwined.
This deeply resonated with me, as I am the type of person who thinks of every bad side to a situation and lets those (usually improbable) reasons sway me from not doing something.
Gilbert was inspiring, intuitive, and an amazing speaker. The speech was definitely worth having to watch a football game afterward, though I did leave at halftime.