“I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods
Some locations on this trip are filled with motion and music – like Nashville, or Chicago…some locations are simply for quiet contemplation – this was Walden.
There is a fluidity in life that gets its balance in silence. Sometimes just sitting on the edge of a historic pond is a drug in itself for your mind.
I found much peace at Walden and even with the locals swimming and enjoying the beaches – many were camped out under the shade reading!
It was in this moment that I realized I don’t see that enough anymore…reading… I rarely find people engrossed in books as I travel. Often at historic sites I will see youth on Facebook and completely disjointed from the location they are visiting and this is a bit sad to me.
I yearn for Walden some days, and can understand why Thoreau needed to have this! It still is special and has a air of joy and peace unlike other ponds I visit…is that real or an emotion I have created for it? I am not sure but the feeling in me was real and I enjoyed my sack lunch and hike through Walden pond! It was my joy and to that – thank you Mr. Thoreau!