'Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined.
As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler'
Henry David Thoreau
This is my favourite quote and one which has always meant a lot, it is one which I have taken different meanings from as I have grown older. The original line appeared in Thoreau's book, Walden and is much longer but over time it has been condensed to the above.
I had this pinned up over my desk at college and it gave me comfort to think that, yes, I was following my dreams.
Now it is more about the need to simplify my life. I have always felt the need to own 'stuff''. If I saw a book I wanted, well I just went on Amazon. The same with music, DVD's, well pretty much anything.
Now more than ever I feel compelled to clear, to get rid of all the stuff I have been boxing up and carting from house to house.
I am becoming more aware that the more we own, the more effort it takes to look after it, the more complicated it is. I used to think that I would be 'happy' if I lived in a bigger house - but why? It would just mean more cleaning, more worries about looking after it.
Perhaps that is why I love camping so much. With camping, life suddenly gets reduced to the essentials - a bed, a cup, a plate, a saucepan and a tent (although going with the kids, it is certainly much more than that!). I feel more relaxed when there is less around me.
Perhaps one day I will live in a cabin in the woods like Thoreau.