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Into The Wild Essay

Heidi Bledsoe
Mr. Epifanio
Honors World Literature 4
8/28/14

Into the Wild: Happiness
My biggest fear is to be unhappy in the future. 10 years from now, I don’t want to be the person that wishes they took a chance and did something different with their life. I don’t want to be the person that hates their job and wishes they followed their dream of being who they wanted to be. Jessica Robbins is right when she says, “We conform ourselves to what society wants and expects us to be.” It is time to start thinking about what we want to be and not what others want us to be. Most of the time, people are too scared to live their dream because they are afraid of what society may think. Whether its parents, teachers, friends, or the whole world pressuring you to not follow your dream, you have to stand up and show them that it is not their life. It is your life and it is your dream.

I admire Chris McCandless for choosing to pursue his dream of hiking across Alaska no matter how many people thought he was crazy. He “threw away subtlety and immersed himself in the values he thought were worthwhile and pursued the ideals that he felt were important,” (LaMarche). He believed materialism and security were holding people back from following their dreams and finding their true self. Some people might not want to chase their dreams because they are afraid of losing money or their job. McCandless burned his money showing the lack of unimportance money really is. For two years, he lived his dream. Even he died in the end, he died happy. To be happy should be the only thing that matters. However, I am definitely not saying that we should all be like Chris McCandless and burn all of our life savings. Just keep in mind that there is an old saying that money cannot buy you happiness.

You might be thinking, my dream is not realistic. There is no way I could ever achieve my dream. It is just a fantasy. Does hitchhiking across Alaska with just a little backpack and a bag of rice seem realistic? What Chris McCandless did in a span of two years was quite unbelievable. There is not much that can get any crazier than that. “Chris’ willingness to risk everything for these dreams exposes the hypocrisies that might gape in our own lives, the chasm between our dreams and our willingness to take them seriously,” David Korn states. McCandless shows us that we should not doubt our dreams because they sound ridiculous to achieve. People should follow what they want to do no matter the risk because it is their life. It is their adventure. They should what makes them feel happy.

I won’t be trudging through snow on the stampede trail in Alaska anytime soon. But I will be going on my own life adventure whether that will entail college or something else. Who knows? It’s all up to me because I am the master of my own destiny.


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