So, a lot of you have already made your new year resolutions. I did too! Reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed was just the beginning to a very exciting journey.
On top of the eating healthier, workout more, staying organized- I decided to go for an extra one. I want to read one of Oprah’s Book Club Books every week for 10 weeks!
I started this one a little early, because I wanted to have the first review to you guys by the first week.
I know that I am perhaps a little late to jump on the Wild train. (It was published in 2012.) But, since it’s on Oprah’s Book Club List – Now is as good a time as any!
Most of you have read, seen, or heard of Wild…
You’re probably aware of the gist of the tale by now, even if you haven’t seen the movie.
The main character has hit a low point, and needs to pick herself back up. Her method for this? Making an 1,100 mile hike over 3 months on the Pacific Crest Trail. She’s abused herself with drugs, she’s cheated on her husband, the memories of her dead mother lock her in perpetual grief and self-medication. She needs, for lack of better phrasing, to walk it all off.
Most of us know this going in.
After flying through the chapters, I have one comment. I loved it.
We get to read someone do some of the self indulging things we wished we could do at our low points. It speaks so much to the human nature’s way of dealing with pain, loss, and heartache. I highly highly recommend it, if you haven’t already read it.
The screw-up we love to love…
Strayed comes off as a total screw-up and a wise person at the same time, perhaps because she has knack for saying exactly what she means in lines that are both clear and poetic. Some memoirs can be so frustrating, because they make the steps between grief and healing so clear that the path seems easy for readers to follow. Strayed, on the contrary, respects that the process is not so cut and dry for everyone. She doesn’t wake up one morning with an ultimate understanding of ever mistake she ever made. She didn’t heal every single old wound by running around eating spaghetti and pizza. What she does have, is a healthy respect for the uncertainty we all live with.
Next book will be: Night, by Elie Wiesel. Confession, I did read this book in high school. But, I think that being 10 years older I will have a different way of looking at everything this time!
Have a great Thursday,