Cheryl Strayed spent 97 days hiking the Pacific Coast Trail. Each moment was filled not only with terrifying and beautiful experiences, but also with accusations and memories playing in the form of an undercurrent of voices in Cheryl’s head.
The voices in her head became silent and her internal voice became her own authentic voice, at the end of her journey. The last 5 minutes of the movie, Cheryl Strayed asked a mighty big “What if”… “What if I forgive myself? What if I feel gratitude of each of the experiences and the lessons each one taught?”
During the hike she released the grief and the pain to the desert, the trees, the snow, the blisters and the rocks. Releasing all of this made space for increasingly more of herself to surface and expand into her being human and letting the truth and beauty of that human being flow out into the world.
The end of this arduous, grueling and glorious trek found Cheryl crossing over from being mired in sadness and self hatred and pain, to a place of peaceful acceptance. The voice in her head was now her own, authentic voice.