“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 wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life.”
~ Henry David Thoreau
By age 27 I had reached life’s mountaintop.
Then the distractions that get ahold of us all, got ahold of me, and for the next two decades I traded my unique life for the false American Dream. Thankfully, I woke up from that fog and am once again climbing the mountain, much wiser having survived those wasted years.
I’ve experienced the prosperous and exhilarating side of life—military, Peace Corps, college degrees, unique travel, and interesting career choices—but also the drudgery of life. You know what I’m talking about, the mortgage payments, the career lows, the game of keeping up with the Joneses and blindly following the herd. The life lessons learned from my failures have perhaps been more valuable than those learned in victory.
I grew up in suburban Cincinnati, but I’ve since lived and traveled extensively across three continents and many regions of the United States. I currently live in Florida with my suffering wife of 25+ years and my college-student daughter.
From this point, I strive daily to keep the fires of a unique life forever lit.
“Ivan Ilyich’s life had been most simple and most ordinary and therefore most terrible.”
~ Leo Tolstoy