Some Quotes from Cheryl Strayed, Who I Am Going to See This Very Night

“Writing is hard for every last one of us–straight white men included. Coal mining is harder. Do you think miners stand around all day talking about how hard it is to mine for coal? They do not. They simply dig.”
Tiny Beautiful Things

“The best thing you can possibly do with your life is to tackle the motherfucking shit out of love.”
Tiny Beautiful Things

“And every last one of us can do better than give up.”
Tiny Beautiful Things

“I was a terrible believer in things, but I was also a terrible nonbeliever in things. I was as searching as I was skeptical. I didn’t know where to put my faith, or if there was such a place, or even precisely what the word faith meant, in all of its complexity. Everything seemed to be possibly potent and possibly fake.”
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Last year was the year I discovered Cheryl Strayed. Tammy says Wild is what made me start running, and she may be right. It definitely helped me decide that cavorting through the desert for a couple days by myself on my last trip out west was a good idea, and it was. The book probably had an influence on my decision to ride a horse through the mountains on that same trip, even though, technically, I don’t know how to ride a horse.

It wasn’t just Strayed, of course. I am influenced by a lot of things, and my obsessive need to confront things that scare me is well established. If we asked Sugar, I think she’d say that’s a good thing.


  1. Posted May 1, 2013 at 9:10 am | Permalink

    You know how to ride a horse now! :)

  2. Xandi
    Posted May 1, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    As to the horse riding thing: you got on, you stayed on – you rode. Anything else is falling off or leading a horse. Trust me on most things horsey.

  3. adrienne
    Posted May 1, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    Olivia and Xandi, I think we can safely say I now know how to not fall off the horse. I would like to become more proficient than that, though. It seems like a valuable life skill I should acquire. As I’ve mentioned, what if I should be required to flee the law? According to every Western I’ve ever seen, I totally need a horse for that.

  4. annette
    Posted May 2, 2013 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    that first quote is awesome, but it makes me laugh because i immediately go to the monty python skit about the writer and the miner…those fancy tungsten carbide drills!

  5. adrienne
    Posted May 2, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Permalink


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