And a Wild surprise!
I will never forget the backlash Cheryl got from the thru hiking community and i will never forget commenting "if you read Wild to learn how to hike you missed the point".I will never forget Cheryl replying to me personaly. I know the vast majority of Cherls fans are women BUT about the same time she was on the trail i was making the same life altering decisions.As a "real" man I cried during certain parts of Wild as they hit home so hard. I am forever greatful for your honesty and raw courage
Please tell me Joe made it. Is he alive and thriving at something today?
Hard to believe this incredible portion was cut! Thank you so much for sharing it here and for your insights. I love your generosity of spirit. Happy Wild Anniversary!
“What I felt for him was weightless and by virtue of its weightlessness it seemed when I was with him that everything else in my life weighed less too. “
This cuts all the way through to the bone and takes me right back to being 22 and the most vital I’ve ever been. again. Thank you Cheryl.
Thank you. For this. For Wild. For emerging from the pain so others can see a path. Thank you.
Cheryl, like so many other commenters, I am surprised that this powerful passage was cut from the book. I loved the movie’s treatment of your time with Joe.
I am the mother of a 36 year old man who is clean and sober for almost 8 years. He’s a marathoner now. I don’t know that he would be here today if I hadn’t made him leave my home. I love him very much.
Congratulations on your 10 year anniversary of Wild! I’m very close to the age you were when you hiked the PCT, and I discovered your memoir very recently and was transfixed by your personal transformation in the midst of devastating life circumstances. After reading your memoir, I started listening to past episodes of the Dear Sugars podcast, and I just want to say that I’m so glad and inspired that you have built a beautiful life for yourself in the decades that followed your hike. While I will never do something as risky as hike the PCT, I do think that we all go through extraordinary experiences in life from which we come out the other side having changed and become a more evolved version of yourselves. If in my lifetime, I can experience a fraction of the self-transformation that you experienced on the PCT, I will consider myself blessed. Thank you for sharing your story and for sharing this excerpt -- it’s always incredible to gain insight into the behind the scenes of a writer’s process.
Wow wow wow! This is such an incredible and moving passage. I am infinitely touched by your grace and your vulnerability on the page. Thank you for blessing the world with your words. It inspires me to continue pushing through my own grief and find my own way to share it with the world in literary form. Wishing you all the very, very best. Big hugs xoxo
I love the way you write. I wish I could be more eloquent than that, but something happens when I read your words. There's a flow that takes over, almost like a song, which transports me to a very raw place that is beautiful, uncomfortable; and moves me. I read your book, not long after it was published and like so many, it came into my life when I was on a precipice. So I did something WILD and made a decision that changed the course of my life. But like you, I've discovered that what you think is one decision ends up really being just another step in our own personal, private evolution. So, it's ten years later and I'm not where I thought my WILD decision would lead me. That was the mind of a naive romantic who 'pictured' the new life I could create. Instead, the choice led me down a road I never expected - filled with sadness and emotions I never really faced; but at least I am my true self. Flawed, wiser, forgiving, loving and accepting self. Truth is, I wouldn't change a fucking thing.
Reading this brought me back to your book: the tenor, the cadence, the introspection, the insight, the rawness, the jarring honesty that immediately makes me want to be more honest with myself. I just love it! I could read another Wild. You, my lady, are a breath of fresh air.
i remember drinking deeply every word of your journey.... full on inspiration to live fully
From paragraph one of this cut scene you had me. As you did in Wild, your writing pulls me into each riveting moment, as if I were your older sister, shrunken down to fit in your pocket, too small for you to feel my alarmed heart beating and tiny voice pleading with you to keep you out of harm's way. This charged, transitional scene would have done important work in WILD, but all your scenes felt crucial and as hard as it is to do, cutting a long piece is good idea--just not in this case. Congratulations on your ten year anniversary of publishing Wild!
This was beautiful and awful to read. It brought me back to a shabby apartment I had in Portland in 1993. I let a local sex worker come to my apartment for a glass of water and to recover from some bad experience she just had. She let me watch as she shot up in her neck before heading back out onto the street. That image is indelibly etched on my mind.
Today is Persian New Year, and I too had to experience some things one last time before the spring solstice it seems. Your writing has been a guiding light. I cannot thank you enough.
This is so raw in its grit, Cheryl. It's amazing to me it was cut. Thanks so much for sharing this piece. Reading it takes me careening into my own memories, wondering what version of myself I was trying to capture.
I really like the way your mind works and your ability to convey it and put it in writting. Appreciate the honesty. Thank you for Wild! and for sharing this cut scene. When I read the book at least three or four times...my younger me could relate to many parts of it. I was able to finally understand and process many things. :-)
Glad that you made it safe & sound to the other side! Happy 10-year anni and really thank you again for sharing your life experience with us all. x