Reflection on Walden
by Rain Yang
All good things are wild, and free.- Henry David Thoreau
Life lessons. From the introduction of Walden, their was more valuable lessons I learned that the things I don’t like about his writing style. There was a lot of opinions in his writing. However, he says it depends on us, whether we want to agree with him or not. I think I was in the majority that agrees with his point.
“Why should they begin digging their graves as soon as they are born?” This quote had the most impact on me. When I heard this quote, I stop and pondered upon this line. To me, it meant people are always making mistakes, which had lead to their grave. I was always a kid who makes stupid mistakes. The first time I came to Fenn, I didn’t know what to do. I made mistakes that shouldn’t been done. I hand in hoe work late, I didn’t finish my homework. These are some things that I shouldn’t have done, but however, I did it. Which lead to a serious conversation between my parent and my advisor. I came here hoping for a new start, but I messed up my beginning. Bad reputation, I dug my own grave. I had to come back out from all the mistakes, to prove myself. I should have started clean, however, I failed. I made mistakes, I dug my own grave. The message I received, was we should always start clean. If we made the wrong choice, it takes hard work to fulfill the mistakes. If you notice your own mistakes, stop immediately, because if you keep going there will be consequences. Thoreau, who wrote Walden, which I personally think has a lot of deep and relatable points. However, the way he phrased his sentences is something hard to understand.
Moreover, I, on my side, require of every writer, first or last, a simple and sincere account of his own life, and not merely what he has heard of other men's lives; some such account as he would send to his kindred from a distant land; for if he has lived sincerely, it must have been in a distant land to me.
From the writing was the toughest but meaningful. We shouldn’t tell a story that doesn’t belong to us, be honest and truthful. Don’t be in one’s shadows, make and paint our own stories. Just like Kobe Bean Bryant. He said, “I don’t want to be Michael, I want to be Kobe.” He did, he illustrated his own legacy and career in the NBA, being one of the greatest that ever played the game of basketball. It is not hard. “Honest” is the word Thoreau used. When we’re being honest with ourselves and others, that’s when people succeed. Be who you want to be. When I was a kid in China. I use to follow whatever the cool kids did. Playing soccer, have fun with a certain group of people. I was always trying to be “them”, but I then noticed it gets tired when I have a mask on. This is not who I am, I want to be the true me. I slowly changed. I followed my heart and became who I am right now. Everyone is wearing a mask, but we should always have the real self inside of us. I don’t want to be someone else. I don’t feel comfortable living under someone’s fame. I want to make a build my own career. It is hard, I’ll always stay truthful.
I really enjoyed really “Economy”, the introduction of Walden by Henry David Thoreau. I think relating to others is something important, which made me understand a lot of his points and opinions