Wild: After the death of her mother and the dissolution of her marriage, 26 year old Cheryl Strayed makes the rash decision to embark on a 1,100 mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail, stretching from the Mojave to the Canadian border. It took her 3 months and 1100 treacherous miles to find herself. As she navigated her way out of the woods she pondered “What if” questions –
“What if I forgive myself? What if I was sorry? What if heroine taught me something? What if all those things I did got me here? What if I was never redeemed? What if I already was?”
So now I ask myself:
What if instead of a 1,100 mile hike, I completed a 26-week intensive course to find myself?
What if everything I’ve been through were blessings?
What if I stopped hiding?
What if I celebrated my faults and failures?
What if I stopped calling them faults and failures?
What if I let my new blueprint be realized?
What if I see myself as the hero of my story rather than the ……? What if I knew how to finish that sentence? What if I didn’t? Maybe I don’t have to name where I was. What if I just started calling myself the hero for getting to where I am – still alive; still hopeful; still trying; still learning; still striving; still believing; still loving; still breathing; still growing?
What if we could all stop demoralizing and criticizing ourselves and starting knowing how good we really are? What if we could love and accept ourselves? What if we knew that each step we took was for the experience and there are no failures as long as we keep moving forward?
What if I focus on feeling grateful:
As I feel grateful for all that I have become and all that I am becoming. As I feel grateful for the warmth of sunrise and the grace of the sunset. As I look for the wild flower in the middle of chaos. As I hold myself, my visions, and my feelings to the highest of my abilities; suddenly I am surrounded by the beauty I was searching for – it was inside me all along.