Could you find strength in the Wild?

Reese Witherspoon as "Cheryl Strayed" in WILD.

Have you ever wondered what your life would be like if you could go back and do things differently? If you could go back and change things, would you? Sometimes it isn’t until we have hit rock bottom and we have made a complete mess of our lives that we find out what we are really made of. No one wakes up and decides to ruin their life, but we are all conscious participants in all of our moments. Those small everyday decisions slowly build on one another making it is very easy to slip down the wrong path and find yourself at the bottom of a hole you dug yourself. It is how we choose to climb back out that defines our character. If you have ever found your way out of a black hole, you know that it usually changes you for the better. Many people find that no matter how painful and hard the experience, they wouldn’t change it if they could. 

If you are inspired by incredible journeys of self discovery and revelation, you need to see WILD. Based on the book by Cheryl Strayed, it is the true story of a woman that has driven her life into the ground and decides to start over one step at a time. Cheryl has spent years damaging herself with destructive behavior. After a heroin addiction, the death of her mother, and the loss of her marriage, Cheryl makes an impulsive decision. She decides to hike over a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail by herself without any training or experience in the wilderness.

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Cheryl’s rash decision proves to be an expedition that soothes her broken soul and allows her to find the strength to rebuild herself. Hours and days of solitude give her the room to truly look within herself and face the mess she has made of her life. Cheryl struggles through hundreds of miles of beautiful but often dangerous terrain, finding the determination to keep going. She tries to trace the path that led her to rock bottom, and she doesn’t know how she will move forward without the support of her beloved mother. Cheryl tests the limits of her strength and realizes that her journey will only be won with perseverance. She finds that she has sabotaged herself out of fear and frustration. In the wild she is stripped of her self destructive behavior, and she must embrace her fears.  

The incredible cast draws the audience in with its authentic performances. Reese Witherspoon is heartfelt and genuine as Cheryl Strayed. She emanates the desperation and terror Cheryl must have felt as she walked away from the ruins of her life straight into the unknown of the wilderness.

Laura Dern plays Cheryl’s warm, optimistic mother and manages to make viewers ache for a mother like her. Dern’s performance as Cheryl’s mother is honest and thought provoking. It will make you think twice about complaining about your problems and taking your loved ones for granted. 

Laura Dern as "Bobbi" in WILD.

Directed by Jean-Marc Valle (Dallas Buyers Club) and Academy Award® nominee Nick Hornby this true story is recreated onscreen to showcase the depths of internal struggle and the unending well of strength we find within ourselves when we learn focus.

 

 

Filmed along the Pacific Crest Trail, Director Jean-Marc used right angles to shoot in order to capture 360 degrees of nature so none of the film was cut. He also insisted on using only the music that Cheryl listened to along her journey in order to emphasize the inspiration we often find in music and use it to keep ourselves going. 

This movie is a testament to the human spirit and how it can heal even after the deepest wounds. You’ll be inspired to take charge of life and thrust yourself into a new and wild adventure of your own.  

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The Giveaway

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One lucky winner will receive a WILD prize pack including:

Prizing courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures. Open to US mailing addresses only.

How to Enter to Win

Step#1: Please answer in the blog comments section below: Are there negative things in your life you would change or do you feel those experiences have made you who you are?

Step #2: Use this easy giveaway form below to record your entries – good luck!! The comment entry is the only mandatory one you must complete to enter. All others are purely optional for those that really want to win!

 

 

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61 thoughts on “Could you find strength in the Wild?”

  1. I’ve made some very poor decisions, but I can’t say that my life would be better now if I had done things differently. Who knows what other decisions I would have had to make that might have been even worse.

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  2. Thank You for the giveaway…everyone has some negative experiences in their life they would like to change, but time marches onward; as they say, if it doesn’t kill you (hopefully) it will make you a stronger person. Everybody hurts, some more than others.

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  3. I think my negative experiences have shaped me to become how I am. I wouldn’t go through them again but I am a better person for having gone through them.

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  4. I would not change things that have happened in the past because they are part of me and have made me the person I am. Many experiences were not pleasant but it takes going through hard times to find your character and inner strength.

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  5. I had a bleak childhood and struggled daily with abuse and depression. But now, I look at my daughter and realize i was given the worst so I could truly enjoy the best. I’m grateful for all I went through. I do wish I had known back then that it would all be okay, i wish I could comfort htat child that was me. But otherwise, yes, Im grateful for the strength-building experiences.

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  6. There are things I wish i could change from the past. I believe everyone has made mistakes but you learn from them and move on.

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  7. i wish i could change a few things .i got in trouble alot in high school and was sent away to boot camp,but it helped me become the person i am today.respectful,caring,staying out of trouble,etc

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  8. I would probably would have saved more money and managed debt better at a young age but my mistakes have helped me learn amd grow

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  9. I am in the process of changing the negitive people in my life. I have decided that their negitivity brings my life down so I don’t need to be around negitive people slowly I have been staying away from the negitivity and I am starting to feel more positive about my life.

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  10. I think everything we’ve been through, both good and bad has made me who I am today. We are tested daily with negative around us, I believe.

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  11. I think a bit of both. We need some negative experiences in our life to appreciate what we have. However, I have been dealing with too many medical problems and I am anxious to get back on my feet soon.

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  12. I would definitely change some the things of the past, however, those experiences have made me who I am and have enabled me to minister to others.

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  13. Yes, I wish I had made different choices at certain times in the past because of paths they set me down and how they changed me as a person. I did not take advantage of opportunities or rise up to meet challenges because of fear and apathy.

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  14. The tearing of my ACL and the end of my basketball career I feel has made me the person that I am. I feel that because of this I am stronger and that I have found other ways of achieving success.

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  15. I didn’t have a very good childhood but that has made me a much better mother. I do for my girls stuff that I wish had been done for me. Thank you!

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  16. I wouldn’t change any negative things from my past. I believe that they have shaped me into the person I am today and have led to positive things.

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  17. I have lived through some very very horrible experiences..but I wouldn’t change a thing, they made me the strong, loving woman that I am today

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  18. There are things that I have said or done that I have regret, but then again, I probably wouldn’t have learned from those experiences if they have never happened. Those experiences have molded me into being a better person.

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  19. If I could change anything negative about myself it would be all the years I used to smoke cigarettes. I feel I made bad health choices because I smoked.

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  20. There are negative things and events that have occurred in my life-that I wish I didn’t go through–but would not change–they have made me a stronger more determined more appreciative person.

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  21. At one time, I would have done anything to change my negative past. Now with time comes wisdom. These experiences made me who I am today, and today I like me.

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  22. There are a lot of things I would never do again. From my late teens up to early 30’s. It’s amazing we live through those times but they did lead me to a stronger relationship with God at least the issues of the 30’s did

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  23. I don’t have enough free time to myself.. I would change that. I’ve had some hard things happen in my life, but that makes me the person who I am today.

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  24. I really can’t think of any negative things that I would change, however there has been many factors in my life that has made me who I am today.

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  25. I’ve got some of both; some that I really wish had never happened (and that I would change) and some that I feel are just part of who I am.

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  26. There are negative things in my life I would LOVE to change. There are many things that I really hope to find a way to change. But I think all experiences good and bad do definitely shape us into who we are.

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