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It is sometimes said that nothing in life that is worth having comes easily I have noticed that what often separates those who attain their hopes and dreams from those who do not is that they possess a certain drive and determination to stop at nothing to achieve those dreams Although the two individuals Chris McCandless and Frederick Douglass lived in different time periods and grew up in totally different environments they possessed the will to overcome whatever obstacles life presented them and achieved the goals that they set for themselves Chris McCandless was determined to live an unconventional nomadic lifestyle like those of his idols Henry David Thoreau Boris Pasternak and the Jules Verne character Captain Nemo Growing up he waited until the time was right to begin his journey across the country and into the wilderness John Krakauer wrote Five weeks earlier hed loaded his belongings into his car and headed west without an itinerary The trip was to be an odyssey in the fullest sense of the word an epic journey that would change everything He had spent the previous four years as he saw it preparing to fulfill an absurd and onerous duty to graduate from college At long last he was unencumbered emancipated from the stifling world of his parents and peers a world of abstraction and security and material excess a world in which he felt grievously cut off from the raw throb of existence 22 Later in the book we were again given a glimpse of Chriss gritty determination to achieve a goal that he had set for himself During his travels Chris stopped in the small dusty town of Tapock Arizona It was there that he noticed an old secondhand canoe which he purchased in an attempt to float from Lake Havasu to the Gulf of California During this adventure down the Colorado River Chris traveled through the Colorado River Indian Reservation the Cibola National Wildlife
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