Really WILD for Cheryl Strayed

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The film WILD opens this Friday, December 5th and I’m so excited I want to share my experience meeting Cheryl Strayed at one of her first book signings back in 2012 at Book Hampton in Mattituck, Long Island.

It was also at this time, that I vacationed with several girlfriends on the North Fork of Long Island.  We were all dealing with separate issues in our lives.

One friend was about to send her daughter off to boarding school that fall, even though she could barely afford it and somewhat against her daughter’s will, but her teen’s behavior was out of control and she’d balanced all the scenarios. Her friend arrived a few days later  and she was straight out of the pages of workaholics anonymous. She was nice enough, but if we weren’t talking work, she was not interested. It kind of reminded me of the old high-power work me. She and my friend would power walk, power yoga, power strategize, power drink their coffee, power eat their cereal. I stayed the hell out of their way.  I just made sure I got up, had some coffee and ate my raisin bran.  I was supposed to be writing, but that wasn’t happening on this trip. I was going with the lovely Long Island Sound vibe.

I spent time eating some fine food and drinking some wonderful east-end wine, and I went to a book reading featuring Cheryl Strayed, which was magical. But, here’s the thing about WILD. The most important part of this post. I only finished reading WILD February 1, 2014 of this year – nearly two years after meeting CHERYL and purchasing the book. I don’t believe in woulds/shoulds/coulds, but if…….

WILD is Cheryl Strayed’s memoir about her eleven hundred mile solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail that broke her down to her core and built her up back again stronger than ever.  She had no experience at the beginning. It was just an idea to put back a life that had come undone, and against all the odds she came out beautiful and courageous!

Her memoir took me through so many cathartic experiences. I believe Cheryl may have, through her book, given me fresh eyes to look at several of my relationships, particularly the one with my mother. For that, I’m indebted to her.

The file stars Academy Award-Winning actress, Reese Witherspoon. It opens this Friday!

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