Have you ever watched Into the Wild?
Well, if your answer is “no”, please go to Netflix right now and then return here so we can have a little chat about it.
I hope you really did watch it because 1. we will have some spoilers in here and 2. you really should!
I confess I had goose bumps all over while I was watching Into the Wild for the first time.
The story is intense. Landscapes are amazing. Photography is wonderful. Perfect soundtrack.
To sum up: a fucking great movie that awakes all the wanderlust spirit within us. And also makes us think about our life choices.
Just in case you ignored my previous advice and still did not see the movie, here is a little review:
Chris McCandless was a regular 20-something guy, recently out of college, trying to figure out the meaning of life, suffering with this wild capitalism.
He organized himself for a while and then left for an adventure crossing the US, leaving everything behind. Everything, I mean it: his money, career, family – even his name.
Now he was Alexander Supertramp.
It was not all roses down the road, but he got to know some amazing people too.
Also leaving them behind, he went into his big adventure: Alaska.
Once there he finds this abandoned city bus and fondly calls it Magic Bus. The bus is marked with the number “142” and yes, it is the inspiration for this very blog’s name! 🙂
From this moment on, the Magic Bus acts as his physical protection and a reflection place where Supertramp gets in touch with his thoughts, takes notes of his discoveries and has the biggest insight ever – more on that later.
The movie is based on a true story and inspires a lot of people.
Chris is a freedom and adventure symbol. But you don’t need to change your name or leave everything behind to learn from his steps:
1. Trust your dreams
It’s that simple: if you have a dream, trust it. Give it some space in your life. Live by it and be happy.
And when I talk about “dreams” it can be anything: travel the world, being a teacher or a CEO. Try and find out what moves you and remember that there is no time for regrets.
2. You don’t need people’s approval to be happy
Maybe someone won’t agree with your dream: your family, friends, significant other or dog.
That’s just OK and should not stop you from chasing it.
Find a network that supports you and just move on. A network can be anything: a group of friends, a religion, self help books, a travel blog 😉
3. Enjoy the journey
It may take a while to learn that the road is much more important than the destination.
Enjoy the process. Embrace the unknown. Look through the window.
Plan yourself but also enjoy the improvised.
4. Recalculating the route is required sometimes
Even if you are a planning freak ~a.k.a. me~ there will still be surprises.
Don’t panic, carry a towel, take a deep breath and try again. Get back to topic 3, if needed.
5. Make friends!
Make lots of them, the kind of friends who love to party and live life to its fullest, and with a smile on the face.
Or make just a few silence-sharing friends.
Befriends with your parents and share your dreams with them.
Or maybe befriends with your cat.
Anyways: make friends! They make the road worthy living (yeah, back to topic 3!).
6. Learn to hear “no”
You’re not always right. People might tell you that.
Be willing to listen. Consider the different opinions. Reflect. Absorve what you can and leave what you have to.
7. Always remember that you’re free
Yes! You’re free to make any choice you see fit. But, also, remember this: there’s no escaping the consequences.
8. Share the happiness
Life’s adventures make it worthy living. But happiness is only real when shared.
And that, my friend, is the biggest insight ever!
And what are the movie lessons for you? Please remember to share this happiness in the comment box below 🙂
All photos @ Paramount Pictures