When she finished her 1,100-mile solo hike on the Pacific Crest Trail, Cheryl Strayed had 20 cents to her name. She had a student loan she wouldn’t pay off until she was 44. She was divorced and unemployed.
“The thing is,” says Strayed, 46 now and musing years after the end of her journey, “there I was on the bridge. I finished my hike. I didn’t have anything when it comes to what we think we need: a man, a job. And I was deeply OK. Can you think of another film that tells that story?”