- Grey sweater – Kohl’s
- White tanks – Target
- Black belt – thrifted
- Silver and bronze necklace – Anthro
- Skinnies – Dish
- Red flats – Hush Puppies
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. – Walden, Henry David Thoreau
Every year my school would take our annual pilgrimage to Walden Pond. The highlight was usually seeing how many dead fish we could spot (Walden wasn’t so healthy back then), but each trip always included a discussion on Thoreau and what he hoped to achieve by “living deliberately” in the woods.
I’ve horrified many a naturalist with my admission that I tend to think of Thoreau as somewhat of a lazy slack-@ss who mooched off his neighbors, but I do agree with the goal of finding a way to live your life through intention and intuition.
I’m not sure I’d take to the woods to find my deliberate path, but I do know that the biologist in me takes to nature to find an exhilaration in being surrounded by life. Yesterday I went to a place of human history to find perspective and a sense of center, and today I go outdoors to be revived and redeemed.
This spot seemed particularly appropriate today. This lake and the wetlands around it were once a wasteland, with everything destroyed by the toxic runoff from a sugar beet factory. Less than one hundred years ago there was nothing, and now there’s all this. And while a lot of the life is sitting in wait for the warmer and longer days of summer, the potential is all there. And so no matter how beat I may feel at the moment, I know that I, too, can come back.
Thank you all for your kind words to yesterday’s post – I carried them with me into the woods. And when I finally went home, I arrived to find flowers, chocolates and a new book (!) waiting for me from my parents. And I remembered again just how very lucky I am.
Alright, enough with the sap. Here’s a picture of me stuck in a tree (and probably getting stuck with sap).