To Shake the Sleeping Self
By Jedidiah Jenkins
A Journey from Oregon to Patagonia, and a Quest for a Life with No Regret
On the edge of turning thirty, terrified of being funneled into a life he didn’t choose, Jedidiah Jenkins quit his dream job and spent the next sixteen months cycling from Oregon to Patagonia. He chronicled the trip on Instagram, where his photos and profound reflections on life soon attracted hundreds of thousands of followers and got him featured by National Geographic and The Paris Review.
In this unflinchingly honest memoir, Jenkins narrates his adventure – the people and places he encountered on his way to the bottom of the world – as well as the internal journey that started it all. As he traverses cities, mountains, and exotic locales, Jenkins grapples with the question of what it means to be an adult and with his struggle to reconcile his sexual identity with his conservative Christian upbringing. He examines ideas that are gripping modern conversations around the world: Can conservative and liberal family members get along? Can travel “wake us up” to life back home? Can we be smart about our futures yet risk it all on a dream?
A soul-stirring read for the dreamer in each of us, To Shake the Sleeping Self is an unforgettable reflection on adventure, identity, and a life lived without regret.