Author Cheryl Strayed is 47 years old today. Memoirist, novelist and essayist, Strayed became a household name with the publication of her 2012 book, Wild, a story of self-discovery during a 1,100-mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail in 1995.
When her mother passed away unexpectedly from cancer, 22-year-old Strayed lost herself to drugs, sex and toxic relationships. Strayed — a novice hiker — decided the only way she could fix herself and find direction was to embark on a three-month hike, solo. Testing her physical, mental and emotional strength with every step, Strayed turned her journey into a deeply honest memoir about family, solitude, courage and rediscovery.
So to the woman who took on a desert, a frozen landscape and several mountain ranges alone with nothing but a (large) backpack, we wish a very happy birthday. May these 15 quotes from Strayed inspire you to act with courage today and all the days to come.
Most things will be OK eventually, but not everything will be. Sometimes you'll put up a good fight and lose. Sometimes you'll hold on really hard and realize there is no choice but to let go. Acceptance is a small, quiet room. ― Tiny Beautiful Things
Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story. — Wild
I'll never know, and neither will you, of the life you don't choose. We'll only know that whatever that sister life was, it was important and beautiful and not ours. It was the ghost ship that didn't carry us. There's nothing to do but salute it from the shore. ― Tiny Beautiful Things