Last weekend I rented the movie, Wild with Reese Witherspoon. The movie is about a girl who hikes the Pacific Crest Trail.
First of all, FYI...this movie is not to watch with kids around. There's a lot of nudity and profane language. All that aside, I personally enjoyed the movie. I more enjoyed it because I admire any woman who takes the initiative to do something big (like hike the Pacific Crest Trail).
In some ways, I can very much relate to Cheryl Strayed (the woman Reese played). First of all, the movie showed how Strayed looked for other ways to deal with the sadness and disappointment she had been handed in life. I've done the same thing in the past. I've looked for other ways to cover up disappointments in life. It's not a healthy way to deal with life and only complicates the issues even more. Going from relationship to relationship won't fix things. Turning to drugs won't fix things.
This is one of the main reasons Strayed decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. She needed to do it for herself. She needed the time to deal with life and the loss of her mother. She needed to come to terms with the fact that she cheated on her husband over and over again in an attempt to escape the pain she was feeling. She definitely had a lot of time to think. 94 days to be exact.
I've always had a longing to hike the 2,160 miles of the Appalachian Trail. I've done a lot of hiking and backpacking in the past. Unfortunately, I don't get to as much since I started running half marathons.
I'm not sure why I'm so fascinated with it. Maybe because it's something that sounds challenging, or because it's something I would accomplish myself...much like my half marathons. I feel like being put in a challenging situation that tests not just your physical strength but also your mental really shows who you are as a person.
So, maybe one day after Brenn is all grown up, I will have an opportunity to hike the trail. I also have a fascination with climbing Everest, but that's a discussion for another day. :)