A Blog Dedicated To Into The Wild

londontwang:

Into The Wild (2007, Sean Penn)

How would you say Into The Wild inspires you? It always made me want to leave and explore the wilderness, but I never saw people in the same way as Chris seems to do in sources about him (probably due to a very different life and upbringing). I'm just curious as to how other people interpreted his story.

He did what he wanted (despite what people might have thought), and not many people do, perhaps through fear that they can’t succeed. His family had a lot of money, so it would have been easy to stay and live a wealthy life and we’d never know about him, but would he have been happy if he’d done that? He did not believe that money = happiness. We shouldn’t let pieces of paper and little coins determine the quality of our lives. We should chase our dreams, and we should chase them with no negativity about the endeavour.

One thing I learn from Chris’ story is that, although you can be fine for x period of time on your own, you need other people in your life to avoid loneliness.

When I heard his voice, it was like sunshine after a month of rain.
Ron Franz on receiving a call from Chris - Into The Wild
He intended to invent an utterly new life for himself, one in which he would be free to wallow in unfiltered experience.
Jon Krakauer talking about Chris, Into The Wild
He said it was something he’d wanted to do since he was little. Said he didn’t want to see a single person, no airplanes, no sign of civilization. He wanted to prove to himself that he could make it on his own, without anybody else’s help.
Gaylord Stuckey on his encounter with Chris McCandless - Into The Wild
Don’t hesitate or allow yourself to make excuses. Just get out and do it. Just get out and do it. You will be very, very glad that you did.
Christopher McCandless’ letter to Ron Franz
The distant lights triggered a flood of emotion that caught me off guard. I imagined people watching baseball on television, eating fried chicken in brightly lit kitchens, drinking beer, making love. When I lay down to sleep, I was overcome by a wrenching loneliness. I’d never felt so alone, ever.
Jon Krakauer - Into The Wild