Wednesday, February 6, 2013


How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.” ― Henry David Thoreau

This is an idea I've had to come to grips with in the past year.  I got frustrated because i couldn't write, or wouldn't write, when perhaps i just didn't have anything to write about.  What am i to write about?  Where I've been or where I'm going?  Where I've been isn't as exciting as what lies in front of me.  It dawned on me that maybe i should give myself something to write about, and i have.  Maybe it's not all about inspiration just happening upon us, and more about us finding or creating our own inspiration.  I haven't seen enough, i haven't lived enough and i haven't walked enough, so it shouldn't be a surprise to find that I've got writers block.  Thoreau said it in much fewer words than i did, but he hit that nail on the head.


This is completely off topic, though not really because it's all related.  I have been given the go ahead from my wife to pursue this walking thing.  She wasn't to keen on the idea the first time around.  Understandably so given the circumstances at the time.  It's a relief and it took a lot out of me to work up the nerve to bring it up once again.  It went well and i think i have her support, i think she finally understands why i need to do it and how important it is to me.  I'm really happy that i brought it up and got it out of the way because now i can really begin planning.  i need her help to keep me motivated, and i think it'll help her in her own life.  It's just another step forward on the long road ahead.  Stay tuned...


  1. I'm happy that things are coming together for you.

  2. Ryan, I relate to our thoughts on writing. I often feel that I have nothing to write about, then I tell myself that's not true. When I feel that way, I may take a break, but I also try to change things up and go on a short walk or go on a small adventure. Writing is such a fun process that pushes us to keep moving, to keep living, and it comes with it's wonderful challenges.

    That's great that your wife is able to see how important it is for you to set out on your walking journey.

  3. Damn - that's a powerful Thoreau quote. You're right when you say that sometimes we make our own inspiration. I look forward to reading your journey Ryan.