Into The Wild

About this time last year, I stumbled upon this dvd and the contents of this film has stuck with me since.

About Into the Wild

Based on a true story, after graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandoned his possessions, gave his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters who shape his life.

I watched it twice within a 1 month span. (First time alone, and second with a friend.)

In some regards, I found myself relating to the lead character, “being in search of / explorative / adventurous / rebellious / intrigued by the unknown, etc.”  I had similar feelings and ambitions to take on foreign challenges, though clearly NOT as extreme. However, what struck and stuck with me the most is ((spoiler alert!! for those who have not seen it)), is, throughout his epic journey, the people he meets both influence and are influenced by the person he is and brought him to the eventual and tragic realization, as he scribbled on a piece of cardboard, just moments before his last breath, “Happiness is only real when shared.”

Coincidently enough, I watched it towards the end of my first year abroad in the ‘Hai.  At that time, I took on a deep connection with the film, as since I had missed family and friends back at home – after being abroad for a year…and while I thought many of the excursions I had experienced were super radical, I often times found myself wishing I had a family member and/or friend back at home to share those moments of “adventure / happiness” with. Sure, I had friends here whom I had met, and I surely do not discount them at all; they were instrumental in the creating such fun, exciting, memorable times.

In fact, as I close in on my 2nd year here, I  have  often times, felt nostalgic and wished friends whom I had met in my 1st year abroad in the ‘Hai were here in my sophomore round to take in and share with me of my new experiences.

Point is, while I’ve definitely taken this leap of faith of throwing myself out here “into the wild,” I am grateful to have been able to share each bit of my experiences with all of ya’ll loyal and avid readers (ahem, fans) of mine. :-)  It truly means a lot when I read a note from ya’ll in comments, email replies etc., – as little as one-liners to full blown essays of emails have delighted me from afar.

Thank you for making the wild, not so wild for me. With ya’lls support and encouragement, I am certain that my 2 years in China (like, whoa) have been real.

. . don’t burn the day. .

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