Fat girl that I am, my favourite part of the book was the first section which took place in Italy where our author spent four months exploring that country’s beautiful language and amazing food. That said, the quote beneath stuck me as very personally autobiographical, and can be found in the India portion of the book. And finally, I keep bugging Hubby to go to Bali for Christmas this year so I can follow Elizabeth’s travels there myself.
By the way, please feel free to say that this quote is nothing like me and that I don’t curse, interrupt, or need any fixing what so ever. And try if you can, to sound more sincere saying this than Hubby did when I asked him.
For instance, I’m never going to be a wallflower, but that doesn’t mean I can’t take a serious look at my talking habits and alter some aspects for the better – working within my personality. Yes, I like talking, but perhaps I don’t have to curse so much, and perhaps I don’t always have to go for the cheap laugh, and maybe I don’t need to talk about myself quite so constantly. Or here’s a radical concept – maybe I can stop interrupting others when they are speaking. Because no matter how creatively I try to look at my habit of interrupting, I can’t find another way to see it than this: “I believe that what I am saying is more important than what you are saying.” And I can’t find another way to see that than: “I believe I am more important than you.” And that must end.
All these changes would be useful to make. But even so, even with reasonable modifications to my speaking habits, I probably won’t ever be known as That Quiet Girl. No matter how pretty a picture that is and no matter how hard I try.