I have finally got around to watching ‘Wild’, the film based on the book ‘Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found’ by Cheryl Strayed. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. It was a great story of self discovery, vulnerability and strength. I recommend it to anyone and once I’ve read the book I’m sure I’ll be able to say the same thing about that.
“denying/her wounds came from the same source as her power”1
The film features the poem ‘Power’ by Adrienne Rich. I was drawn to the words spoken in the film and had to look it up right away. I admired how Rich had placed strength and vulnerability hand in hand.
I felt a connection to the words for various reasons. In my professional life my strength is how I use my body. Us dancers often put our bodies under so much stress in order to improve. Doing the very thing we love can lead to success, but also has the risk of injury. The drive to improve can occasionally hinder progress.
I also have an emotive connection. As a performer it is a strength to have deep and varied emotions; I have this ability in me. I have these strong emotions, however these rarely reach the surface as they can get trapped inside of me. My inability to be open emotionally has made me hold onto my emotions, causing tension and anxiety. It may be an advantage on one hand to have these emotions, however it has also caused problems. There is a blockage of emotion inhibiting anything from escaping.
This is just my personal connection. For me I can also see how it could relate to love, passion and desire. Engaging in something which can give us strength yet can also easily destroy the beholder. You may see something else entirely, or have a similar take to me; however putting the seemingly opposing feelings of strength and vulnerability together is surely an interesting motion. Illustrating the complex state of the human mind, being able to feel multiple complementary and conflicting emotions simultaneously.
1’Power’, Adrienne Rich, The Dream of a common language, 1974-1977