#123 Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Title: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Author: Cheryl Strayed
Release Date: March 20th, 2012
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Format: ebook
Page count: 336 pages
Genre: Autobiography, Adventure, Traveling.
Literary Awards: Indies Choice Book Award for Adult Nonfiction (2013), Goodreads Choice for Best Memoir & Autobiography (2012), Oprah’s BookClub 2.0 Selection.


At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone. 
 
Strayed faces down rattlesnakes and black bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and loneliness of the trail. Told with great suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.


I had to change was the thought that drove me in those months of planning. Not into a different person, but back to the person I used to be—strong and responsible, clear-eyed and driven, ethical and good. And the PCT would make me that way. There, I’d walk and think about my entire life. I’d find my strength again, far from everything that had made my life ridiculous.

Duka mendalam bisa membuat kita kehilangan pegangan. Menjalani kehidupan namun seolah tak berpijak. Destruktif. Itu yang dialami Cheryl Strayed. Kehidupan seolah tersedot bersama kepergian Ibunya yang meninggal akibat kanker. Pernikahan yang gagal karena ia yang mengkhianati sang suami baik hati hingga menjalani beberapa bulan bertualang seks dan menjadi pemadat. But then, at some point, Cheryl tahu ia mesti berubah. For that, she decided to hike along the Pacifict Crest Trail (PCT). Berharap bisa menjernihkan pikirannya dengan bertualang sendirian. 1100 mil (sekitar 2000-an km) dari keseluruhan 2.663 mil panjang PCT, berhasil Cheryl taklukkan dengan tidak mudah. Ia tak memiliki pengalaman hiking sebelumnya, dan ya, keputusannya impulsif. Panjangnya jalur hiking, beratnya medan, ancaman hewan buas dan bertahan dengan cuaca yang menghadang pada akhirnya ia hadapi dengan self suggestion ‘i’m not afraid, i’m not afraid.’ She’s considered lucky her to have met strangers that offer things or roof to sleep under. But, this journey was about her battling with her own grief. About searching and bringing home something to continue her lifefearless; burdenless.


Of all the things that convinced me that I should not be afraid while on this journey, of all the things I’d made myself believe so I could hike the PCT, the death of my mother was the thing that made me believe the most deeply in my safety: nothing bad could happen to me, I thought. The worst thing already had.


Menyelesaikan buku ini, tenggorokan saya tercekat dan mata saya panas. Somehow, i’m full of emotion. Its her ‘spirit walk’, yet i fell for what she’s been through. I know what’s like to have a mother died of cancer. I understand her grief. But her story here was encouraging. Awalnya, penuturan mendetilnya memang agak membosankan. Dan Cheryl, herself in the story, bukan karakter yang likeable. Malah Cheryl adalah heroine yang damaged. Get what i mean? Saya cukup kesal dengan dia yang memutuskan menggugurkan kandungannya karena kehamilan adalah halangan untuk PCT hiking yang hendak ia lakukan. Pun ia termasuk cewek alpha. Dan di awal buku, seolah perilakunya itu dibenarkan karena ia sedang ‘kehilangan pegangan’.


As difficult and maddening as the trail could be, there was hardly a day that passed that didn’t offer up some form of what was called trail magic in the PCT vernacular—the unexpected and sweet happenings that stand out in stark relief to the challenges of the trail.


Tapi lebih dari itu, 2/3 bagian buku cukup enjoyable and page-turning. Atau mungkin emang karena saya ngebut baca ya? Hhhe. Pengalamannya bertemu orang asing, sesama pendaki ataupun penduduk sekitar PCT trail, cukup mengesankan dan memberi pelajaran. Perjalanannya berat, tubuhnya dan kakinya lebam (bahkan sampai kehilangan 6 kuku kakinya karena boots yang ia pakai kekecilan) tapi betapa alam punya rahasianya untuk menyembuhkan. Bahwa kadang hamparan azalea cukup menghiburnya atau bertaburnya bintang di langit bisa membasuh keletihan. Hal itu, enviable. Setidaknya untuk saya yang home person. I’d like myself to someday have that kind of journey too, alone.


I leaned my head back and closed my eyes against the sun as the tears I’d expected earlier at the bridge began to seep from my eyes. Thank you, I thought over and over again. Thank you. Not just for the long walk, but for everything I could feel finally gathered up inside of me; for everything the trail had taught me and everything I couldn’t yet know, though I felt it somehow already contained within me.


Bottom Line: Inspiring journey you wouldn’t want to miss. Additional Info:

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