Author: Cheryl Strayed
Genre: Non Fiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Travel, Adventure, Nature
Publication Date: November 18th 2014
Paperback: 336 pages
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.
What an incredible journey this woman went on. Having no experience backpacking I was very impressed. Now at the same time I thought she was an idiot for not doing more research and preparing to backpack the Pacific Crest Trail. But I still enjoyed reading the book and I am actually excited to go out and rent the movie.
Cheryl Strayed was brave enough to actually consider doing something like that on her own. She had no real experience in backpacking for long distances on any sort of trail. I give her props for taking a chance at doing the PCT.
Before the trail she was lost. She struggled with her life after her mother died. Because of this, she ends up divorcing her husband after a few years, had many one night stands, and did heroin. I believe she really needed to go on this trail, especially alone. It gave her a chance to keep moving forward with her life. The only person she had to truly rely on was herself. There were many times that she thought about backing out or quitting and almost did, but she pulled through and stuck it out to the end. She has become a stronger person for it and probably knows that even when life sucks there are some good things out there in the world. Strayed might not have found herself but she might have a better understanding of herself.
This book made me realize that you have to go out and just do it. Whatever that “it” happens to be for you just go out, face your fears and learn to conquer them. It will make you stronger and in the end you will probably be glad that you took the chance. “Whatever does not kill you, makes you stronger”.
Now I want to go backpacking, probably not the Pacific Crest Trail, and I will prepare for it and do a lot of research. We shall have to wait and see if I actually will get my butt outdoors and go backpacking! Give Wild a chance and happy reading!