Just in case you've never read the book "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" by Cheryl Strayed or at least seen the Reese Witherspoon movie version, we'll give you the Sparks notes version.
Basically the story is about a woman who is at her wits end with life. After facing various struggles, including the death of her mother, she decides to throw up a middle finger and civilization and go on an insanely long hike with nothing but what she can carry on her back.
What does she find along the way? In short: magic. Here you'll find a collection of quotes that will give you a peek into her journey as she struggles with everything from grief to self-forgiveness and ultimately discovers who she is.
“Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave."
"Alone had always felt like an actual place to me, as if it weren’t a state of being, but rather a room where I could retreat to be who I really was."
“I was a terrible believer in things,but I was also a terrible nonbeliever in things. I was as searching as I was skeptical. I didn't know where to put my faith,or if there was such a place,or even what the word faith meant, in all of it's complexity. Everything seemed to be possibly potent and possibly fake.”
"I realized there was nothing to do but go, so I did."
"The best thing you can possibly do with your life is to tackle the motherfcking sht out of it."
"What if what made me do all those things everyone thought I shouldn't have done was what also had got me here?"
"I'm a free spirit who never had the balls to be free."
"I never got to be in the driver’s seat of my own life,” she’d wept to me once, in the days after she learned she was going to die. “I always did what someone else wanted me to do. I’ve always been someone’s daughter or mother or wife. I’ve never just been me.” “Oh, Mom,” was all I could say as I stroked her hand. I was too young to say anything else."
"I didn't know where I was going until I got there."
“It seemed to me the way it must feel to people who cut themselves on purpose. Not pretty, but clean. Not good, but void of regret. I was trying to heal. Trying to get the bad out of my system so I could be good again. To cure me of myself.”
"He kissed me hard and I kissed him back harder, like it was the end of an era that had lasted all of my life."
"Perhaps by now I'd come far enough that I had the guts to be afraid."
“What if I forgave myself? I thought. What if I forgave myself even though I'd done something I shouldn't have? What if I was a liar and a cheat and there was no excuse for what I'd done other than because it was what I wanted and needed to do?...What if I was never redeemed? What if I already was?”
"How wild it was, to let it be."
If you found yourself inspired then be sure to share this list with your friends as soon as you get home with your own copy of the full book or finish streaming the Reese version on Amazon!