To conclude our Unit on Walden, we decided to go Walden Pond national park. While many kids read Walden, not many kids can connect with his view. I will admit that when I was reading Walden, I felt disconnected from his point of view, especially his choice to isolate him from society to live in Walden woods. Going to Walden Pond, I understood why Thoreau decided to leave society and live in the woods, it's beautiful. When you stare across the water, a sense of peace rolls over you. When you start walking the sandy beach of the pond, skipping stones and conversing to our peers. Walking around, for some reason, reminded me of Hawaii. Maybe it was the blue waters, or the little mini-cove that people swam in, sometimes in just their briefs. As we walked around the pond, my experience became more profound. I pondered about life, and why we act like we are in a rat race to top of the food chain, whether it is getting a promotion, getting an A on your next math test, or being better than 99% of the people that take the SSAT, SAT, or PSAT. When we finally came around to the other side, I felt relaxed and more confident of the year ahead me. This trip truly marked the beginning of a new era in my life. I am in highschool now. It is more important than ever to remind myself to stop and savor the finer things in life.
I was dying to ﬁnish high school and start college.
And then I was dying to ﬁnish college and start working.
And then I was dying to marry and have children.
And then I was dying for my children to grow old enough
for school so I could return to work.
And then I was dying to retire.
And now. I am dying... and suddenly I realized I forgot to live!