Sometimes you find something that seems to fit so perfectly. Perhaps its a person you met, or a story you heard, or a book you read. Somehow you feel validated and understood. Often times the world can feel like a lonely place, so when theses glimmers of hope shine through, they illuminate your life and remind you that you’re not alone.
I recently read a book that seemed oddly familiar; a story about a young man, set on seeking out an understanding of himself and the world. Below is an excerpt that rang truth for me:
“It is easy, when you are young, to believe that what you desire is no less than what you deserve, to assume that if you want something badly enough, it is your God-given right to have it. When I decided to go to Alaska that April, like Chris McCandless, I was a raw youth who mistook passion for insight and acted according to an obscure, gap-ridden logic. I thought climbing the Devils Thumb would fix all that was wrong with my life. In the end, of course, it changed almost nothing. But I came to appreciate that mountains make poor receptacles for dreams. And I lived to tell my tale. As a young man, I was unlike McCandless in many important regards; most notably, I possessed neither his intellect nor his lofty ideals. But I believe we were similarly affected by the skewed relationships we had with our fathers. And I suspect we had a similar intensity, a similar heedlessness, a similar agitation of the soul.
The fact that I survived my Alaska adventure and McCandless did not survive his was largely a matter of chance; had I not returned from the Stikine Ice Cap in 1977, people would have been quick to say of me—as they now say of him—that I had a death Wish. Eighteen years after the event, I now recognize that I suffered from hubris, perhaps, and an appalling innocence…”
Excerpt from: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
I think I might have found a new favorite book… thanks Yan! I, too, think I share a similar agitation of the soul…