Honestly, I did not get much into Thoreau during my school years. To be quite honest, I never had an English class in school they talked much about him. All that I knew of the man was that he lived at Walden Pond for a time and wrote a book about his experiences.
Well, I have seen more of his insights here and there and must admit they are very enlightening. Here is one that sticks out for me the most:
“If one advances confidently in the direction of their dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined , he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
Pretty cool stuff. How many of us have forgotten how to dream? How has life gotten in the way of things? Why did we forget how to dream?
These are important questions especially when one is trying to find meaning in their life. Too many times, we let things happen to us and not make things happen.
This is the point Thoreau was trying to get at. If we follow our dreams, we will then get a feeling of accomplishment. We feel more like who we are at our core or soul. It is important that we remember who we are.
We should live out our dreams and not live out the dreams of others. Because if we forget about our own dreams then we are destined to live out someone else’s dream. This causes much unhappiness and resentment. We must be responsible for our own actions and not be afraid to take chances or risks to live out our dreams.
For as Thoreau points out that if we follow our dreams then we will have truly lived.