Into The Wild
Updated: Jan 3
For years, I have almost envied those men and women who venture out into the wilderness to live off of the land. There will forever be a certain romantic allure to living that kind of life. Alluring as it may be, I know it is not the life for me. But it is fun to think about what it would be like to live on the edge.
While it certainly doesn't dispel the romance, Into The Wild, by Jon Krakauer, does shed light on some of the more troubling characteristics shared by many of those who seek out those solitary adventures. While I am not ruling out any remote adventures in my future, I most certainly won't be going it alone.
Krakauer's inquiry into the escapades of Chris McCandless, that eventually led to his Alaskan demise, exemplifies Journalism at its finest. He describes the landscapes with an exquisite use of the English language that makes you feel like you are on the journy alongside Alexander Supertramp every step of the way. And, unless your name is Webster, you'll likely needd to keep a dictionary handy.
I saw the movie years ago, but it hardly does the story justice.
If you haven't read the book, maybe you should. It will touch each of your emotions and likely bring some perspective to multiple areas of your life.
In the waning weeks of his life, it seems that McCandless had found the answer he was looking for, but, unfortunately, never made it back to civilization to apply his lesson.
"HAPPINESS [IS] ONLY REAL WHEN SHARED"
Personally, I am incredibly blessed to have those with whom to share my happiness.