I love books, especially books that spark emotion in me. Stories that force me to view the world in a different light or perspective, make me laugh, or allow me to escape my own reality and submerge myself in a complete foreign reality.
The book Wild by Cheryl Strayed did just that.
The premise of this true story, is about a girl that has recently has gone through traumatic experience after experience. After loosing her mother, divorcing her husband/ best friend and spiraling out of control with destructive behavior, she decides to make the impulsive decision to fight for her life back and heal the hole that is growing inside her.
Her story follows her quest to hike the Pacific Coast Trail (California to Washington) alone. It captures her journey of ups and downs on the trail, all while picking up the pieces of herself and putting them back together.
Her story not only made me laugh every once in awhile, but also had some amazing quotes of her self discoveries.
My Favorite Quotes:
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?
I love this quote because it reminds me that I am not always going to be perfect and that making mistakes is how we learn. Everyone does things they are not proud of, or have wished they hadn’t done but in the end that is what they needed at that exact moment in their life, in order to move to the next moment.
So forgive yourself, give yourself room to make mistakes and learn. I believe you can’t learn life by watching it, you have to experience it for yourself.
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.
This was such an energizing quote to me. Fear is a story you tell yourself, it is not real. You can choose to tell yourself a different story if you want. Your reality is in your hands.
I highly suggest giving Wild By Cheryl Strayed a chance, it was captivating and uplifting read!