I want to share with you a quote that I absolutely love from Walden, written by Henry David Thoreau and published in 1854.
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.Henry David Thoreau, Walden.
I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary.
I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion.
The book represents a personal series of ideas and feelings about the “Spartan” way of living in natural surroundings, in a sort of survival experiment.
I have always considered Walden as a declaration of personal independence from social norms, an exercise in living connected to nature and into it, and an intimate journey into one’s spiritual world, reflected in the calm and openness of the wild.
Walden is the narration of Thoreau‘s life in a cabin he himself built in the area close to Walden Pond in a wild area owned by his friend Ralph Waldo Emerson, near Concord, Massachusetts, for a period of two years, two months, and two days.