Brave Enough (Atlantic Books, 2015) is a book of quotes. It's as simple as that. I was looking for some inspiration and the lovely Cheryl Strayed popped back up onto my radar after disappearing post-Wild last June. Reviewing a book of quotes seemed like a bit of a pointless task to me, so I'm going to share with you a few of my highlights from this quick read. All quotes are from Cheryl herself (I don't think I've ever said one quotable thing in my life that wasn't crude, honestly). It's one of those ones you'll go back to when you need a kick up the butt.
'The body knows. When your heart sinks. When you feel sick to your gut. When something blossoms in your chest. When your brain gloriously pops. That's your body telling you the One True Thing. Listen to it.'
'Alone had always felt like an actual place to me, as if it weren't a state of being, but rather a room where I could always retreat to be who I really was.'
'Be the captain. You are the captain.'
'Don't own other people's crap.'
'Would you be a better or worse person if you forgave yourself for the bad things you did?'
'You let time pass. That's the cure. You survive the days. You float like a rabid ghost through the weeks. You cry and wallow and lament and scratch your way back up through the months. And then one day you find yourself alone on a bench in the sun and you close your eyes and lean your head back and you realize you're okay.'