The other night, I wanted to see a movie and chose this one from On Demand. David had no interest in seeing a chick flick. I think though it is about a woman and her journey and we all are on a spiritual journey in this life, men could relate.
Reese Witherspoon has changed her name to “Strayed” as a result of the mess which is her life and much of it a result of her choices. She decides to take the long hike up the west coast of the US from the Southern border almost to Canada. 1100 miles to be exact and a journey all on her own with little if any experience hiking. She is looking for her better self, the woman her positive and gentle mother , who was an abused victim of an alcoholic spouse, had always seen in her.
Strayed’s life before the hike is told in flashbacks and half-constructed memory scenes. It is raw and ugly with indiscriminate sex, heroin abuse, and physical and alcohol abuse.
So begins her journey to discover self-sacrifice, pain and search for something higher abd more meaningful, than herself. She confesses to her part in making such a mess of her life, rids herself of the extra baggage dragging her down, is contrite and is honest about her responsibility. Her whispered conversation to herself is almost a prayer. She learns from both children and wise men along the way. There is no indication of her finding God in her journey but she finishes her journey as an indication of grace, ready for a new beginning. Seeing her finish her journey of penance at the Bridge of a journey to the Bridge of the Gods, the view for Strayed feels hopeful that she will have learned from her life before the trail and will succeed in her new life!