Into The Wild - Clint Paul

Into The Wild Essay

Recalling christopher mccandles: An inspiring journey of a wanderer

"Face your Fears and Live Your Dreams"

Perhaps this is one of the most fitting and suitable quotes which I can relate to Christopher Mccandles' life. Popularly known as Alexander Super tramp among his admirers. Some of you might be thinking why this nomadic, unshaven, homeless looking guy known as an inspiration to thousands of like-minded people around the world right. The word inspiration has many explanations, but the way Chris has defined inspiration is quite different. He is not a billionaire, not a Nobel laureate, not a movie star, not a war hero. The legacy of Christopher McCandless lies was he simply followed his burning desire to live life to the fullest. Many of us are at the grip of angst that what happens if we follow the true desire of our heart and mind. The truth is most of us are not capable of accepting the aftermath and consequence of such an action. Chris followed his true grit and never wanted to keep his dreams and zeal to the fake guidelines of society. It's a moving story of a young man chasing his dreams to an ultimate Alaskan adventure. Unfortunately, Chris never came back. He was found perished on an abandoned Fairbanks city bus ("Magic bus") on the stampede trail in Alaska. His name became popular after Jon Krakauer the famous award-winning writer wrote a book about him of the name "Into the wild. And later Sean Penn made a movie based on the novel of the same name.
Yes, there is a lot of controversy regarding the death and the way Chris went to the Alaskan journey without having any essential gears to stay alive in the wilderness of Alaska. Let's all obliterate the pessimistic part of his story and unearth the inspirational fragments of his life.

Courage to succeed

The translation of success sense to me as "Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition". Everything else is secondary. The happiness and euphoria of doing what you designed to do are something you can't convey in words. Chris had the courage to take off alone into the wilderness. He experienced the bliss as well as the misery of living alone in the most primitive plight. We have to go beyond our comfort zone; we must strive to have the same courage. Imagine how hard it will be when we look back on our life thirty years from now and realize that "I let my dreams pass by me".

"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go" - T.S. Elliot

Enjoy the gifts of Nature
Nature can wash your spirit clean. Climbing a mountain, spending a week in the woods, Going for a crazy boat ride. The materialistic thing we care so much about today is nothing compared to this magnificent warmth of nature. His life taught me that we must have the curiosity to explore nature more. Chris's quoted in his diary that, "The sea's only gifts are harsh blows and occasionally the chance to feel strong. Now I don't know much about the sea, but I do know that's the way it's here. And I also know how important it's in life not necessarily to be strong, but to feel strong, to measure yourselves at least once, to find yourself in at least once in the most ancient of human conditions, facing the blind deaf stones alone with nothing to help you but your hands and your own head." Being in nature will help us to evaluate our true grit, what we want in life, what we want to become. Appreciate the beauty around us. The true magic around us. I am a pluviophile; it's nothing but someone who finds joy and peace during rainy days. You can be a selenophile, a person who loves the moon or a ceraunophile, a person who loves lightning and thunder or a thalassophile, a person who loves seas, oceans.
"The earth has music for those who listen" - George Santyana

Don't let materialistic things succumb your life

We live in a materialistic world. Materialism as we call it. It's a tendency to think material objects are more important than people; desire for money over ethics. The whole life or at least the whole north American journey of Chris was to shrug off the illusion of these materialistic things. He believed that money makes people cautious. Eventually, we will fall into that illusion and will become blind. It's such a great insight. It's to be noted that when Chris lived the popularity of mobile and internet was merely less. But today everybody is so busy checking their notifications, messages, taking selfies and is totally blind of the "reality". At some point Chris was seen burning all of his money, he didn't want money to control his life like some people, he want to be free from society and civilization. The "ultimate freedom" he called it. We have to realize that materialism is an 'identity crisis' and we should overcome it.

"Trying to be happy by accumulating possessions is like trying to satisfy hunger by taping sandwiches all over your body"- George Carlin

Passion for Reading

Christopher McCandless was a devoted reader. One can't complete his biography without mentioning his love for reading. Chris always found the company in the characters of the books he read. He believed that what the mind can conceive, it can achieve. He saw the great messages and potentials that classic literature's can offer. Yes, stick it in your head "Classic literature". Some wonderful books of this category are( These books were the favorites of Chris), Crime and punishment( Fyodor Dostoyevsky), Death of Ivan Ilych( Leo Tolstoy), Call of the wild( Jack London), White fang( Jack London), Moon face( Jack London), Brown Wolf( Jack London), To build a Fire( Jack London), Doctor Zhivago( Boris Pasternak), Terminal man( Micheal Crichton), War and peace( Leo Tolstoy), Walden( Henry David Thoreau). I would say Jack London's "Call of the wild" and Dostoyevsky's "Crime and punishment" are the best of this lot.

"The things i want to know are in books; my best friend is a man who'll give me a book i ain't read."- Abraham Lincoln

About the movie

I don't know how to thank Sean Penn for this amazing creation. It has to be noted that most of the book turned movies failed to do justice to the original script. But this one is an exception. I would say this one is a "Classic" in its genre. Explore the internet if you want to, you will not find something epic as this one. Brilliant casting, intense screenplay, awestruck frames, astonishing and moving music. Emile Hirsch was living on the screen. I think no one could do it better than him. Whenever we mention the name Christopher mccandles we can't ignore this tribute movie "Into the wild". The music by Eddie vedder is so touching and poignant. My favorites are "Hard sun" and "Society".

The Love for Christopher mccandles never ends. He has been an inspiration for me to try doing new things. For me it's writing, meeting new people, going places. I hope this blog might help you to get the Courage to do new things you are afraid to do. I would be happier if you share this among your friends and spread the name Christopher mccandles to more young people.
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