Artful Dreamer

I’ve always felt a strong to connection to the writing of Henry David Thoreau. Even as a young teen I can remember quoting lines from “Walden” and getting strange looks from my classmates. I suppose it was a bit strange to hear a fourteen year old saying, “I want to suck the marrow out of life.” But even in my teens the words resonated with me and felt like such a great reminder to how life is short and we need to live it to the fullest.

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. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise 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.
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

Now as my husband, Randy and I prepare to move to Portland, OR, and are currently living in a small apartment with a tiny portion of our belongings, I feel a draw to start reading Thoreau again. The simplicity of our living and the pursuit of our dreams trigger memories of Thoreau’s words and why I love them.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how Dreams Do Come True and the words of Thoreau align with this idea in a very active fashion. Here is another of my favorite quotes:

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

It is with this quote in mind that I’m pleased to announce the evolution of my blog, now renamed: Artful Dreamer. The new website will continue to document the journey and adventure to the Pacific Northwest, but I believe it more aptly describes how this dream is being pursued.

A dream is an idea and only and idea, unless you take action and start planning how to make it a reality. One specific story comes to mind that motivates me to make my dreams reality. The story is from my trip to China in 2002. I was on a tour bus making its way to the Great Wall of China and talking to a woman on the same tour.  She was in her eighties and it had been her dream for over sixty years to walk the Great Wall of China. I could hear the excitement in her voice as she shared this dream with me. I could also hear a bit of sadness in her voice, since she had waited so long to make her dream a reality. She was now in failing health and unsure if she would have the strength to physically walk on the wall. As we arrived and unloaded the bus, I watched her start the trek up the stairs. She only made it a few short steps and needed to go back to the bus to wait. She was grateful to see the wall, but her sadness was evident as she sat on the bus and watched others start the climb onto the Great Wall.

It reminds me of how important it is to keep making my dreams reality. Life is short and I want to experience all I can before it’s too late. Like Thoreau, I am an Artful Dreamer and you can become one too.

What are your dreams? Are you taking action to make them realities? Start today. Share some of your own dreams in the comments below. Another easy first step is to write your dreams down in a notebook or save them on your computer. Who knows? You may guide your own dreams to an ingenious end.

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