Hello Dear Followers,
I finished part one of “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed and I have a mixture of thoughts about all that has happened so far. As I mentioned in my last post, the over-arching theme was “survival.”
I still believe that to be true about this woman, who suffered such a great loss that she decided she was going to work through this loss by taking a hike.. for 3 months!
As I had read on past the point that she had lost her Mom, I read about what lead her to want to hike the trail and I began to become judgmental, I didn’t mean to. I had to figure out what was making me judge this woman’s journey, what made her leave everything she knew behind to hike a huge trail when she’s never hiked before.
At one point I found myself saying, “But is she nuts?” Take a trip to Europe, lay on an island for three months, but I had to stop myself and realize, this wasn’t my journey to take and it was clear she had to work through some pretty tough stuff and what better place than on a hiking trail.
In the midst of my judgement, I often found myself saying, “Another aimless wanderer.” And I couldn’t grasp it. I wanted to, but I couldn’t.
When “Eat, Pray, Love” author Elizabeth Gilbert did her soul searching expedition, I thought “Wow, that’s brave, I want to do that.” Leave everything behind and just go and figure stuff out, figure life out. I felt this way for a number of years, she became my idol. I can’t seem to relate to Strayed in the same way. I don’t understand why she wouldn’t stay and help her family get through this difficult time?
I also don’t know her nor do I really understand her loss. Again, her journey.
In my judgment I also find curiosity, how is she going to make it through? What will she learn from the experience?
Have any of you been on a soul searching journey that took you to exotic places like the Pacific Crest Trail or somewhere else in the world? What did you learn from it? Where did you go and why?
Please feel free to comment in the comments section below! I’d love to hear more stories like this.