Wild Women

Walking isn’t a lost art —

one must, by some means,

get to the garage. 

Evan Esar


It’s a merry time for women from behind, as well as in front of, the camera this holiday season with top grossing movies featuring two female directors and a slew of powerful actresses. I am personally intrigued by Cheryl Strayed’s book turned movie, Wild, because it is not about a woman finding love in another.  It is about a woman finding her Self after great domestic upheaval through a 1,100 mile solitary hike in the woods.

Reese Witherspoon produced and stars in Wild, braving unshaved legs and no makeup. I like that as a mother of teens, she aspires to teach them to be brave and live life fully, with curiosity and love.  That all the things we spend time worrying about are not important.  That we will meet amazing and helpful people in our journey who will love us regardless of the parents we have.  That we will do better than ok if we choose to spend less time tearing ourselves apart and admit that we’re good enough.

As she approaches 40, she admits that in her 20s, she didn’t realize that no one else can make her whole–no relationship, no child, no nothing can make her a happy person.  I admire a woman who mans up to the reality that her happiness is up to her.  That’s wild!

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mountain
    Dec 11, 2014 @ 18:48:18

    A great title! My new life is suddenly starting to include them, that’s wild!

    But since I’m a man what do I do; “woman up?”—Yes! 😉

    But seriously…

    Domestic upheaval for myself is a total attitude change of what I thought of in recent years that would make me happy. Not caring anymore about “those” thoughts of happiness (or giving a damn) as they were then and doing things differently. I’ve learned the hard way you can’t always rely on others for happiness. So what to do differently? Without going into detail; is love more freely without looking for commitment, what the hell! Enjoy without thinking that a person is going to make my life complete. It’s tough to do and hard to forget the one that may have been my key to my happiness but I’ve already turned on to the new road. Live for me and what it takes to make myself happy. What’s the saying?; doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Change is the only thing that will bring different results. Too many Goddesses, too little time! Where have I heard that before?, Sharky!

    Take me to the woods anytime.This Goddess and the setting are perfection!



  2. Mountain
    Dec 13, 2014 @ 16:19:23

    By the way, Sharky! I paln on seeing your recommended movie. And this time without the raised brow of suspicion. 😉


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