In the late 19th century a grumpy a transcendentalist named Henry David Thoreau extracted himself from the rat race and went to live a simple life in the woods next to a bloody great pond. His recollections, recorded in the book Walden or Life in the Woods, capture the fascinating reflections of a human being set free from the unquestioned misery of modern life.
The quote above recounts his experiences returning late from trips to the village, fumbling through pitch-black forest trying to find his way home (all pissed up with a kebab perhaps – he doesn’t say). Only by trusting his intuition and intimate attention to his surroundings did he manage to get back, when many other wanderers gave up and resigned themselves to a cold, wet night in a savage wilderness.
Have you gone, or are you going through a period of misery? Maybe you’ve lost direction in both life and work. You’re stumbling from one obstacle to the next like I did six or seven years ago, until I finally realised full-time employment in a series of meaningless middle-management jobs wasn’t for me. It felt itchy being a faceless drone in a system, not creating anything, believing I could do better without the shackles of authority.
If any of this resonates with you: welcome. You’ve arrived home.
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