I just finished the book WILD by Cheryl Strayed, which is now out in theaters starring Reese Witherspoon, who also just got nominated for a Golden Globe for the film. I loved this book. I love Reese Witherspoon, always have, and this is perfect casting for the woman in this book
. I obviously knew she was in the movie from the trailer, so I couldn’t help but picture her the whole time while reading the book, which made it even more enjoyable for me, since I am such a fan. And also because you can see someone like Reese Witherspoon identifying with this woman’s pain and her journey to find herself in this extreme way that brings her closer to life and the core of who she really is. I felt myself moving closer to my inner voices that put so much of this crazy life into perspective when I quiet all the noise, both literally and figuratively. I read the book on long subway rides around the city, and there would be moments where tears would just be streaming down my face. I could feel the Pacific Crest Trail she was hiking, smell what she smelled, see the beauty she saw, and I was traversing the hardships she came up against.
After I finished the book tonight, I was so moved by it, I still can’t shake it hours later. Nothing crazy dramatic happens. There is no sweeping love story mixed in, or thrilling adventure, just a tale told with such honesty and authenticity that you can’t help but feel that you’re hiking right there next to her. I’ve been sitting here watching clips of the film, and it seems a very loyal adaptation to the book, which excites me even more. Perhaps it moved me so, because I never feel closer to who I really am than when I am alone in nature, hiking in California, or camping. All seems so clear, without the opinions or judgments of others to so easily sway me from what I know I am really worth at my core. I sit here now yearning for my days in the Toponga mountains, with my Jack Kerouac book, my iPod playing This Will Destroy You, just laying on a rock after hiking to the top of the trail, basking in the sun. I’m there now in my soul and I want to stay there for awhile to come. Hope I can. Physically I can not be there now, but I will try my damnedest to stay there in my heart.
Here’s a link to a featurette on the movie WILD! I WILL BE SEEING IT THIS WEEK and I WILL WEIGH IN 🙂