The Adventurous Spirit

Into the Wild is one of my all-time favorite books, written by Jon Krakauer, it follows the life of Christopher McCandless after his graduation from college as he sets out on an adventure to invent a new life for himself.

In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter….

I found that I could relate to the philosophies and ideals of McCandless in a way, and the adventures he went on drew me in as I pictured myself doing these same things. He had a passion for living in the moment and took each day as it came to him. His lack of planning or foresight is what ultimately cost him in the end, but his adventurous spirit was quite remarkable.



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