Today is March 20 and the Navigate the Chaos question to consider is “do you remain humbly open to your own unfolding?” Best-selling author Cheryl Strayed has remained humbly open to the unfolding of her life. In 1986, at the age of 17, Strayed graduated from McGregor High School in McGregor, Minnesota, where she was a track and cross-country runner, cheerleader, and homecoming queen.
Strayed married Marco Littig in August of 1988, a month before her 20th birthday. In March 1991, when Strayed was a senior in college, her mother died suddenly of lung cancer at the age of 45. Strayed graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis with a double major in English and Women's Studies. Over time Strayed started using heroin, and eventually she and her husband divorced in 1995.
Seeking self-discovery and resolution of her enduring grief and personal challenges, at age 26 Strayed hiked the 1,100-mile Pacific Crest Trail in 1995. She wrote about her adventure and published Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail in 2012. Wild intertwines the stories of Strayed's life before and during the journey, describing her physical challenges and spiritual realizations while on the trail.
One of the realizations that Strayed made is that "your life will be a great and continuous unfolding.” The book reached No. 1 on The New York TimesBest Seller list, and the film adaptation was released in December 2014. Strayed remained humbly open to the continuous unfolding of her life.
Do you remain humbly open to your own unfolding?