The critics have spoken and Reese Witherspoon is in the running for best actress for her portrayal of Cheryl Strayed in her newest movie, Wild. Wild is a true story, based off the book of the same name, about a 26-year-old girl who hikes 1,200 miles (about three months) on the Pacific Crest Trail alone
When Strayed was 22, her mother passed away and she pretty much lost it. She started sleeping around and cheating on her husband with anyone and everyone, which led to their inevitable divorce. She then met a guy who got her into heroin for a bit. Finally, she decides to head out and hike from the southern part of California to the Bridge of Gods in Oregon, and that’s where the story begins.
Basically, Cheryl Strayed is a badass because even as I sit here on the couch writing this, I know that I would never be able to leave my life behind to do that. While Witherspoon proved that she is in fact an amazing actress in the movie, there is only so much of the book that they can add into the movie, which is why you should really take the time to read the book if you can. Nothing compares to reading Cheryl Strayed’s actual words about her journey and the relationships that she forms with the people she meets along the trail. Here are 10 life and love lessons that you can take away from Wild: