Monday, March 30, 2015


In this blog entry, I am listing down why I liked the movie WILD - a Reese Witherspoon movie, based from the book "Wild: Lost and Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" of Cheryl Strayed.

1. The movie started with weird groaning (I was having the wrong idea actually). Cheryl Strayed, portrayed by Reese Witherspoon was actually in pain - with her toe nail being removed. Yes, removed! Embrace the pain!

2. The relationship between ex-couple. Although there's a struggle somehow it seemed to work. 
Paul: "I'm sorry you have to walk 1,000 miles just to…" 
Cheryl Strayed: "Finish that sentence. Why do I have to walk 1,000 miles?"
Paul manages to send packages in every stop. Each package contains necessities for Cheryl's trek. It imposes that in our struggles and in our search of answers, we need help from other people - even at times it has to be from the least people we need and want. We need support. We have to realize that we are never alone.

3. The reality of being lost - of not fitting in or of how things in our life not make sense (most of the time).
Cheryl Strayed: "I'm lonelier in my real life than I am out here."
Admit it, there's a point in our lives where we feel lost. A point where we feel we exist somewhere else...there is no sense of belonging.

4. Remembering memories of Cheryl's mother. How her passing away has damaged her. And how she coped up on losing a loved one.
Bobbi Lambrecht: "There's nothing I don't get. Believe me. Then what? Cheryl, if there's one thing I can teach you, it's how to find your best self and when you do, hold on to it for dear life."
Cheryl Strayed: "I miss you, god, I miss you… My mother was the love of my life."
The deepest lessons in our lives often times come from our parents. We take roots on their words and memories. I come to remember my grandmother, whom showered me with so much love, whom protected/shielded me from pains, whom I lost at a young age and gave me scars that I will live with for the rest of my life - beautiful scars, whom taught me life lesson, and my own personal hero.

5. Moving forward from a dark phase in our lives.  
“It was a huge physical undertaking for me to hike the PCT for 94 days, but it was also very much a spiritual journey. I turned to the trail as many people turn to the wilderness — at a time when I felt lost and desperate, when I was in a place where I didn’t know how to move forward. In many ways the trail taught me to literally just put one foot in front of the other again.”

6. Forgiveness, Acceptance and Healing
Cheryl Strayed: "Here's some questions I've been asking myself. What if I forgive myself? What if I was sorry? What if I could go back in time? I wouldn't do a single thing differently. What if all those things I did were the things that got me here?"

7. Soundtrack
1. Simon & Garfunkel - El Condor Pasa (If I Could)
2. First Aid Kit – Walk Unafraid
3. Wings – Let 'Em In
4. The Shangri-Las – I Can Never Go Home Anymore
5. Leonard Cohen – Suzanne
6. Billy Swan – Don't Be Cruel
7. Free – Be My Friend (BBC Session/Take One)
8. Lucinda Williams – Something About What Happens When We Talk
9. Portishead – Glory Box
10. Bruce Springsteen – Tougher Than The Rest
11. Pat Metheny Group – Are You Going With Me?
12. The Hollies – The Air That I Breathe
13. Simon & Garfunkel – Homeward Bound
14. Dusted and Eric D. Johnson - Ripple
15. Evan O'Toole – Red River Valley

8. The ending where Cheryl reached the end of her journey. She was about to pass through a bridge named "Bridge of the Gods". It was so enlightening for me. 
“What if yes was the right answer instead of no? What if all those things I did were the things that got me here? What if I was never redeemed? What if I already was?”

9. Picturesque views of the Pacific Crest Trail

10. Reese Witherspoon herself (wink)

Movie Rating: 3/5 stars

It is important to look back, to see how far we've come. But it is more important to look beyond - to cherish today and welcome another tomorrow - to make a decision and acting on it. 
We all have shadows in the past that we need to outgrow. All of those shadows will always remain in the past. 
So let's choose what we carry in the present and in the future.