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Into the Wild

Christopher McCandless’s letter to an old man

“I’d like to repeat the advice I gave you before, in that I think you should make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun… once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty. You are wrong if you think joy emanates only or principally from human relationships. God has placed it all around us. It is in everything and anything we might experience. We just have to have the courage to turn against our habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living. You will see things and meet people and there is much to learn from them. Don’t hesitate or allow yourself to make excuses. Just get out and do it. You will be very glad that you did”.

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Posted by Brett Wawn on February 12, 2012
2 Comments Post a comment
  1. 03/18/2012

    Interesting reading. i really enjoyed it. I have known your Granny Audrey since I was 7 & now am 68.
    Our daughter drove from the East coast of Boston to the west. in fact she had done it several times now.
    once single done it pregnant with husband & plans to do it again this summer with her 4 children one of whom is terminally ill.. She says it is in the blood now. Have fun, stay safe. I will be following you.

  2. 09/7/2012

    I love this quote!


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