One of my goals for 2015 is to get back to my roots and read more books. As the great Frederick Douglass said, ‘Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.’ Books are a passion – nay, an obsession of mine and always have been. I grew up in the library and my parents fostered my love of reading and learning. With books I have lived a thousand lives, found myself absorbed in different worlds, and learned immensely more than I could have otherwise. So put up your feet, grab a good paperback and let’s get reading!
‘Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
– Mary Oliver, “The Summer Day“
‘Wild’ by Cheryl Strayed is a raw and deeply honest memoir. It chronicles Cheryl’s relationship growing up with her mother until at the age of twenty two she lost her painfully and quickly to cancer. The book takes a gritty and unflinchingly blunt look at her mother’s death and at Cheryl’s downward spiral afterward. It details Cheryl’s infidelity to her husband and their eventual divorce, and the strain on her relationship with her sister, brother and stepfather.
Cheryl decides to hike a large chunk of the Pacific Crest Trail or the PCT as a method of healing. She hasn’t had any experience in the wilderness other than camping a few times while growing up in Minnesota. We see how dangerous that decision really was, but ultimately it is rewarding. Throughout the book we experience Strayed’s journey struggling with the weight of her backpack, the condition of her feet and hiking in general. We see her grow, fall back again and pick herself up. It’s a truly inspirational story of a broken woman whose journey heals her. You will laugh, you will cry, but best of all you will go on the same emotional journey that Strayed does.
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