Christopher McCandless was depicted in Jon Krakauer’s another famous book, Into the Wild. He had a poor childhood. His parents often fighting and sometimes contemplate divorced. He had six half-siblings from his father’s first marriage in California and when he and his sister were born, his father has’t divorced from his first wife yet. Christopher found this out during a trip to California. That’s probably one of the reasons he went for the adventure.
After graduating from the Emory University, he gave up the opportunity to work, destroyed all the documents, such as ID card, and gave all his savings to the charity. Then, he left his family and went on the adventure.
Being an idealist and having the physical endurance, he wanted to leave this society and live a pure life alone. He made his way through Arizona, California, South Dakota and the Gulf of California. Sometimes he slept on the street, sometimes he worked with others. He kind of fell in love with a girl and got a lot of help from the strangers, having a wonderful time with humans . Although they all asked him to stay , he couldn’t resist his need to leave this society. So finally he headed to his dream destination, Alaska.
He took pride for living with little gears. That’s a beginning of this tragedy. He hiked into the wild and fortunately found an abandoned bus used as hunting shelters. Then he started his life in the wild. The notebook records his 113 days in the wild and his emotions from ecstatic to grim with the changing of his food and gears. At one time in spring, he decided to go back. But block by the river that was frozen when he made the way here. So he gave up the thought and decide to leave when the flash was gone. Soon after he digested a poison plant and died from starvation. In his final words, he wrote “I HAVE HAD A HAPPY LIFE AND THANK THE LORD. GOODBYE AND MAY GOD BLESS ALL!”.
After reading this book, I felt really inspired, one person can pursue his spiritual goal at the cost his life. He could certainly choose another life. Graduating from a famous university and living a wealthy family, he could either find a job or live nice without working. But he didn’t. He knew what he want and did whatever for it. The picture above is taken before his death. He even took a shower and shaved his hair for this picture. He knew he was in danger but he was still calm and smiling. He was not afraid of death but felt satisfied because he accomplished his dream. In this crazy society, I wish I can possess a pure heart, be the one I want to be and accomplish my dream like him.