Everybody’s on their own road in life — each journey is unique. Most of us feel lost sometimes (most of the time?). Sometimes being lost and determined is what brings you out on the other side of a crisis. That’s the basis for one of the best-selling books — and one of the most inspiring, empowering stories — or our time: Wild by Cheryl Strayed. It tells the now well-known story about how a struggling and ill-prepared Strayed (Reese Witherspoon in the movie) hiked the Pacific Crest Trail. Along her lonesome way she found herself.
Recently Taylor Swift was in the news for hiking a trail, too — backwards. The backwards hike, caught on video (like much of what Swift does), perplexed her fans. The singer explained that she hiked backwards to avoid the paparazzi. “I hiked the whole trail backwards and my security told me when to make turns,” Swift wrote by way of explanation. It’s the photo of Swift’s personal security guard, his outstretched arm pointing, that gives the real sense of the claustrophobia of a star’s life — even more than the camera-wielding paparazzi. Taylor Swift could never hit the trail for a “Wild” time. It’d be too dangerous — and she could never be alone.