“Every city has a word,” they agreed, laughing after a few glasses of wine with dinner.
London is “stuffy”. Stolkholm, “conform”. They decided on “ambition” and “soot” for New York. Rome, hilariously, was “sex.”
The main character, Liz, is asked what her word is. After a difficult divorce, she can’t call herself “wife” or “girlfriend.” She decides on “writer”. Her new friend, Sofi, reminds her that “writer” is what she does, not who she is.
“Maybe,” Sofi says, “you’re a woman in search of her word.”
Of course, I’m referring to the movie (and probably book, though I haven’t read it) – “Eat Pray Love.” This movie is inspiring to me for a host of reasons, but in this post, I’ll focus on the idea of a word. A word to describe a person, a place.
I made the terrible mistake of watching this movie immediately following graduation. In it, the main character leaves her life for a journey around the world. She is looking to find herself, and get her life back on track. And, eventually, to find her word.
And even though I couldn’t pack up and travel to find myself, I did begin some more reflections. What is my word? To solve the mystery, I decided to ask some friends and family to pick a word that describes me.
After some argument (“just one word?!?”) and a sassy response (“beige,” which is how I recently described a certain person/company/brand to a friend)… I got some answers!
Happiestbaddestbitch (Classic inside joke from my college roommates.)
I have to say, I was pretty happy with the results. Like we all know from my past posts – and the title of this blog – I’m always looking to brighten people’s days! Find the silver lining, etc.
Of course, there are adjectives that I’d love to add to the list. Like I said in my last post, there are definitely things about myself that I’d love to change. But there’s always time for that. You have to start with a good foundation, then build on it.
So, what is your word? What would your friends say, and would you want to change that?