Right around the time that I lived in Indonesia, Eat, Pray, Love was taking off. Lets face it, what woman wasn’t dreaming of gallivanting off to Italy for the fine Italian…pasta…and seeking sanctuary and relaxation in India and Bali. Liz Gilbert was our idol, and in her honor, we visited THE Wayan—the actual traditional healer from the book—in Ubud.
Pictures of Julia Roberts and Elizabeth Gilbert cheered us on as Wayan grabbed our hands, pinched our cheeks, rubbed cream on our faces, made us swallow vitamins, and examined us from top to bottom:
Wayan: You like sweets and eat too many. You need to stop. Your blood is dirty. You are a 5th generation reincarnation. You dated a man for 3.5 years and had two jobs.
Me: [Stunned silence. That first and last sentences were definitely true] Yes, ma’am.
Wayan: You have too much acid in your stomach. You cannot eat spicy food. You are smart. Very smart. Long smart line. But, you are not brilliant.
Me: [Damn. But, probably true enough. I am a Fulbrighter and a Smithie but I haven’t discovered the meaning of life…yet.] Speechless
Wayan: You will get married late in life but it will be the deepest kind of love and last forever. You will have 3 children late in life.
Me: [Omg omg omg, OMG OMG OMG; I don’t want kids; 3?! THREE? Take it back! Take it backkkkkk!] Oh, that’s nice.
8 Years Later Me: The feature picture of this post is of my husband and I in Bali this year. I guess you can say that we married late in life by Indonesian standards (27 for me), and hey, according to Wayan, we hit the love jackpot. I really did.
…But the 3 children? Mmmmm, I have 4 cats?! I swear if I end up with 3 kids, I might have to go find Wayan….
The photo above was taken from our recent 2018 visit to Tanah Lot in Bali, Indonesia. Make sure to visit when the tide is right so that you can walk over to the temple instead of just viewing from afar.
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