I heard about the book WILD from my contributor Angela, she recommended it as a book club pick for taking your book club to the movies right here on Savvy Sassy Moms. I of course cruised the list and was interested to see what books would soon be turned into movies, but to be honest I typically just wait for the movies to come out. WILD starring Reese Witherspoon is playing in select theaters now and fans of the book can find a theater near them by visiting http://theaters.howwilditwas.
However, when I was flying home to Minnesota six months ago to say goodbye to my Grandmother before she passed away, I spotted it at the airport and picked it up and bought it without a second thought. Maybe it was the bright pink laces on the cover or maybe it was because I recognized it from Angela’s popular reading list. Whatever the reason, I was immediately drawn to it.
As I read the book I felt closer to Cheryl and I felt like we could be friends. In a weird way I totally got her and understood why she had to set out on a journey to make peace with who she was and all the things that had happened in her life. I understood her need to be alone, her stubbornness and and her strength to just go out and do something, even if it was crazy to most. I understand the need for complete solitude, maybe not on such a severe level, but I got it.
Death of a parent, especially when they are young or it happens suddenly or unexpectedly is a very traumatic thing. There is a huge hole in your heart that will never get filled and something just always seems a little off. I am still shocked at how it can sneak up on me in the most random ways.
Not only does Cheryl have to deal with the death of her Mom but she has to face herself and learn to accept with who she is, make peace with her past and decide what she wants the next phase of her life to be. I think that there is a point in everyone’s life that they must decide how they will choose to live it. Our lives are based on a series of decisions and where you end up is a result of those decisions, good or bad. No one goes through life without a little drama and bad decisions, and WILD is a great reminder that when you fall down or find yourself at the very bottom, you have to find a way to pick up the pieces. WILD also made me realize that as women, we are extremely hard on ourselves and forgiving ourselves is the most challenging of all, and in order to get on with our lives it may take a WILD journey to forgive and let go.
WATCH this WILD Movie clip staring Reese Witherspoon
Have you read WILD? Will you see the movie?
Check the list for a theatre showing WILD near you: http://theaters.howwilditwas.
About the movie:
In WILD, director Jean-Marc Vallée (DALLAS BUYERS CLUB), Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon (WALK THE LINE) and Academy Award nominated screenwriter Nick Hornby (AN EDUCATION) bring bestselling author Cheryl Strayed’s extraordinary adventure to the screen. After years of reckless behavior, a heroin addiction and the destruction of her marriage, Strayed makes a rash decision. Haunted by memories of her mother Bobbi (Academy Award nominee Laura Dern) and with absolutely no experience, she sets out to hike more than a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail all on her own. WILD powerfully reveals her terrors and pleasures –as she forges ahead on a journey that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her.
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