Wild

Maybe I WAS more alone than anyone in the whole wild world.

Maybe that was okay.” Cheryl Strayed

If you haven’t already,  you must pick up a copy of Cheryl Strayed’s Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Trail.

I am very inspired by this book, and by Cheryl herself, who is candid and innately human, and yet extraordinary.

Cheryl’s story could be one of ours- a relationship, job, phase of life that crumbled our very being. I have been there too. Life circumstances that are so depleting you are not sure how to carry on.

There are two choices there. One is the ‘Why Me’ lament which is tempting, and depressing. Yes, we are all a little messed up…but I am so messed up…WHY ME? This is a spiraling tunnel of despair.

The other is using it to truly discover yourself. So many of us pass our lives without using this opportunity- but if you get it don’t let it go.

There’s a joy in being alone as there is in being with someone else.

And, when you have that alone time- use it all greedily- to read, and watch, listen and love…yourself.

The you that you ‘find’ is startling- and everything that follows then on, will always be okay.

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3 responses to “Wild

  1. anon

    Yes, these words just reflects the phase one has to go thru some point of their life & reconstruct back. Mine too trudging thru last 6plus yrs. Wild, honest, hope for cheerful days.
    Nice simple review for the book too. Cheers.

  2. Karyn Mandan

    This is so, so true, Gayatri. I too am having the opportunity to really get to know and appreciate myself, but oh how tempting it can be to sidestep what is being offered! Thank you for your very poetic expression.

    • :) I really recommend you read the book, you will enjoy it! It made me look at everything so differently Thank you for writing in! Been following your writing too

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