“I knew that if I allowed fear to overtake me,
my journey was doomed.
Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves,
and so I choose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told.
I was safe, I was strong, I was brave.”
I LOVED this book! Full of adventure, tragedy, mourning + renewal!
I must admit I was taken back by this book when I started reading it! I had read Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer a few years ago + enjoyed reading about a journey that a young man took hiking into the wilderness. I thought Wild was going to be just as great just from a woman’s perspective.
Wow, the first part of this chapter is emotional + deep. This book is about the loss of a mother + the journey back to self after such a great loss.
Cheryl recalls that “The amount that she loved us was beyond her reach. It could not be quantified or contained.”
“She was going to leave my life at the same moment that I came into hers.”
This quote spoke to me + had me thinking about my very own mother. How different our lives had been growing up yet how much like her I see in myself.
At her lowest, years after her mother’s death she decided to take back to nature and hike the Pacific Crest Trail for over three months!
“A world I thought would both make me into the woman I knew I could become and turn me back into the girl I’d once been.”
Along the way she meet inspirational friends who she would spend time hiking with + sharing great stories even though she would always get back on the trail to conquer the journey with self, alone!
“I lay in the water as long as I could without breathing,
alone in a strange new land,
while the actual world all around me hummed on.”
She describes her journey as “powerful and fundamental,” a “cold clarity inside of a deep haze.”
Admitting to feeling “fierce and humble and gathered up inside,”
to a point of feeling “safe in this world”
+ how the trail would both “shatter and shelter” her.
Overall this book was about a powerful journey of overcoming life + being a WOMEN travelling ALONE!!!
“Maybe I was alone more than anyone in the whole wide world.
Maybe that was okay.”