I know that I’m a little behind the times and we’ve all seen the movie by now, but I really hope you took the time to read the book because it was amazing!
This book, and her adventure is everything that I would love to do, but I just don’t think I could. The story was inspiring and powerful in so many ways. The idea of getting up and leaving on a 3 month hike with nothing but the monster on your back to keep you company is ever appealing and at the same time utterly terrifying.
A couple of months ago I went to my first formal book club meeting that was hosted by our local library, and I loved it! Being in a room full of woman from so many different backgrounds and a pretty varied age range, all talking about their love of books is amazing! I loved the passion in their voices and sharing our reactions to those big moments in the books. I felt like I was with people who might understand me!
This past month we read Wild – from Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail by Cheryl Strayed. This was her true story of her amazing solo trek across the PCT.
At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State — and she would do it alone.
Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.
When we gathered tonight in the back room of our local library to discuss the book, there were a few reoccurring themes that stood out to me in our conversation. Over and over I heard the women talk of her strength and her healing. It would take amazing strength to complete a trip like this! Every time she pushed on past the pain and the fear and self doubting voice in the back of her head I was inspired. She found so much strength on that trail, with every new hill climbed and obstacle overcome.
Her Healing process was unique and not for everyone but it was what she needed to do. There was so much significance to every part of her journey, from the back pack on her back to the items lost along the trail. the lesson I took from it was that through our actions we can heal. With every step she overcome something from her past that was holding her back, and she grew as a person because she went out and said “I’m not OK with my life right now and I can change that”. The power to change our lives is inside all of us, we just need to go for it!
Whether you get into this book because I said you should or because you love Reese Witherspoon doesn’t matter, as long as you do.
Please share with me what your take away from it was. Were you Inspired or did you learn a great lesson about self discovery? I can’t wait to hear what you think! Please come share with me on Facebook or Twitter or just leave your comment below!