I just arrived home from seeing the film, Julie & Julia, starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. I have been waiting excitedly for this film to come out and it certainly did not disappoint. The movie came from two books—Julia Child's memoir and a book which came from, of all things, a BLOG! The blog was started by Julie Powell during a time in her life when she was about to turn thirty and felt that her life was going nowhere. She decided to cook her way through Julia Child's book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, in the space of a year and blog about it. Along the way she discovered that Julia Child learned to cook as a way to keep busy when she was living in Paris with her diplomat husband. She had a passion for food, especially French food, but wanted to learn to cook. (We all know how that worked out for her.)
Both Julie Powell and Julia Child found their joy, along with fame and fortune, by pursuing their passions. Both were a bit lost when they began. The poet, Robert Bly, once said something like, "Notice where you enter the story. That will tell you a lot about yourself." Where did you enter the story?
I entered the story when Julie is feeling lost and decides that writing a blog might help her find her way. (Ok, so now we all know how that worked out for HER.)
For me, the story was not so much about cooking but about throwing yourself into a project you feel passionate about, getting overwhelmed, sinking, swimming and coming out on the other side with a firm grasp on your new self, very much improved both in skill and outlook on life.
I'm in the midst of writing a novel, feeling excited and overwhelmed, sinking and swimming, and swimming, and swimming. I'll let you know how this works out.
In the meantime, check out "Julie and Julia". Meryl Streep outdoes herself in this one and Amy Adams is delightful. It's a wonderful film.