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Wild-ish: From Lost to Found on the Griffith Park Trail

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Last weekend I was crestfallen. My misery and frustration from delayed flights peaked with non-existent customer service, leaving me stranded and alone in DC, forced to book a hotel for the night. Once I flew out the next morning, what greeted me at home wasn’t any better. Road rage insanity while driving home in LA only delivered me to medical bills and parking tickets waiting in my mailbox. I was fed up and tired of fighting. (keep scrolling for the rest of the story…)

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The small buoy that kept me afloat, though, was a book I picked up in the airport. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail was recently adapted to the big screen (I haven’t seen it yet) and the story is powerful and motivating. The protagonist, Cheryl Strayed, loses her mother to cancer and goes through some brutal life events, leaving her lost and dejected. So she makes the brash decision to hike eleven hundred miles by herself.

I was inspired by her choice. Life can be unfair and punishing. But it’s your life. And you have the choice to take control and tame that bucking bronco that is this life no matter how much of an asshole he is, kicking and snorting while you just try to hold on.

Cheryl set out on a hike to find herself. I decided to take control of what I could control. My small scale, short-term “Wild” journey was a juice cleanse. I know, I know. You’re probably thinking, “OMG he’s so LA.” But the truth is I’ve been having some body image issues recently so I decided to take control of something I could control – my diet and physical appearance.

After 5 days of nothing but juice (6 a day), I continued my journey to health with an early morning hike through Griffith Park on Saturday. I felt like Cheryl, loading up my pack while the sun hadn’t yet risen. Departing on my hike, with Grace of course, was refreshing and à propos. I felt like I was regaining control. I felt healthy and clear-headed. It was a new day and I was walking the path I had chosen.

I hope this post inspires you to make some good life choices this week :)

~j

The Essentials:
To Read – Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
To Wear – Hiking Shorts by Lost
To Wear – Hat by Wait
To Wear – Aviators

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