The life you’ve imagined

The life you’ve imagined

“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

Have you ever heard that quote? I always loved it – a simple message about being genuine and true. I’ve come to find it disorienting in recent years though. I didn’t imagine the life I’m living. I didn’t imagine I would be sitting on a bench in Switzerland watching the sunset. I didn’t imagine I’d be working in tech. I didn’t imagine this life at all. When I read this quote now, I try to imagine my future life and my mind goes blank. If I couldn’t imagine this life I’m living now, how can I be trusted to imagine a future one?

I’m lucky that this unimagined life is so very mine. I grip it firmly in my hands and ask repeatedly, “how did I end up with you?!” This feeling might be why it’s never quite felt like mine and why I so want to share it any moment I can. On the flip side, perhaps I just need to get a better imagination 😉


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