About an hour before I got off work on a random Tuesday night my work asked me if I wanted to go to a prescreening of the movie WILD. I had no plans, I had read the book and a great friend was down for some last minute fun; so off we went! To be honest I thought the book was a little dark, but still really enjoyed reading about the main character Cheryl’s adventures along the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). The PCT is a hiking trail from the border of Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. If you read the book you will not be disappointed by the movie. I thought the acting was great and stayed true to the book (which every reader loves). But what I wanted to share with you is this; Nature heals and watching the film was a great reminder of that. The movie opens December 5th; here are some lessons I re-remembered while watching.
1. You do not need fancy gear or even experience to go on an adventure. You can go out and have nature help you processes your emotions, find clarity with a problem, or help you chill, decompress and relax after a long day, week or year.
Working at REI I often get caught up in the excitement around the latest new tent or hiking shoes and although I totally believe in quality gear making your time in the outdoors more comfortable and therefore more enjoyable the bottom line is it is not necessary. That’s what this movie reminded me of. Nature calls to us all, it’s some evolutionary necessity. It is a place of great relief and comfort that we crave; but far too often we don’t take the time to listen to that craving. The movie reminded me you don’t need to be decked out in the best outdoor gear or be a seasoned camper. If you haven’t been camping since you were a kid or if you have never been on a hike GO do it! You will feel incredible after. You may be a bit sore but there will be a part of your deeper truer self that will feel so good that regardless of your hurting feet you will want more. Don’t let made up barriers like experience and proper gear stop you.
2. WILD reminded me that if you want anything bad enough and you’re willing to put one foot in front of the other you WILL make it to your dreams. The next better version of yourself will be waiting for you on the other side. You just have to be willing to put in the time. The main character walks for hundreds of miles out in the wilderness which helps her reflect on her life so she could see clearly what needed to change. Nature offers us that clarity.
3. Forgiveness is key to creating transformation. Adventure and getting out of our comfort zone helps bring into clarity what we truly desire or at least what no longer is serving us. The main character Cheryl went from being depressed, addicted to drugs and meaningless sex to being able to forgive herself. From there she was able to begin to see what type of person she wanted to be by the end of her walk.
Have you read the book? Are you wanting to watch the movie? I hope these lessons inspire you to go on an adventure and spend more time in nature. Let me know what you think, I’d love to know!