We all feel lost from time to time. It’s completely normal. Maybe you’ve lost a loved one, come out of a long-term relationship, changed jobs, moved countries or experience a huge change in our lives. These things are a part of life and can sometimes make us feel like we’ve lost ourselves or our way. Here are some books to read that will inspire you and help you to rediscover yourself. Check them out…
1. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
Strayed shares a heart-breaking, powerful and inspiring story. At 22, her world got turned upside down, her marriage ended and shortly after her mother passed away. She didn’t think she’d find the strength to carry on through life and wasn’t sure if she wanted to. With nothing left to lose she wanted to make an impulsive decision to do something that she had never done before and find the meaning of life again. It takes you on her journey hiking the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State – Alone!
2. Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert
This beautifully written story will give you the inspiration you need to take the leap to change your life for the better. It’s easy to stay in your comfort zone throughout life but as the saying goes, nothing profound will ever happen here. Gilbert shares the moment she decided to leave behind all the trappings of modern American success (a stable career, marriage, house etc) and do something for herself. The bravery that many do not possess. She risks it all and sets off on an adventure to Italy, India and Bali. She wants to discover who she truly is without America. One thing is for sure, it will give you wanderlust!
3. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
Krakauer shares the powerful story of a young man named Chris McCandless, who ran away from home and survived 100 days in the Alaskan wilderness. A story that attracted millions from all around the world, who wanted to know the truth behind his motives. It retells the adventure of this man and what led him to do this and risk his life.
4. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown
This book is the perfect read for anyone struggling with self-confidence issues and the feeling of not being good enough. He confronts many different common aspects that stand in the way of us living a happy and fulfilled life. And will give you many helpful pieces of advice on how to overcome them. The book defines the concepts of guilt, self-worth and shame. It’s a self-help book that will guide you step by step to let go of imperfections and embrace who you truly are. Because there is only ONE you and YOU will always be good enough.
5. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Coelho presents a tale about how to follow your dreams, no matter how big or out of reach, they seem. It takes you on a journey of an Andalusian shepherd boy. He experiences the same recurring dream that gives him a prophecy to discover treasure at the Egyptian pyramids. His adventure to the pyramids is one of self-discovery, overcoming obstacles and self-belief. He learns so much about the world around him on the way. And eventually realises that the treasures he was looking for have always been inside himself.