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My "Walden" Year

  “I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” _ Henry David Thoreau In the midst of it, I didn't stop to consider it an experiment, but rather the testing of all I had believed and for which I had prepared what seemed my entire life.  It was the "pause in time" that gave me the opportunity to see if what I had always believed about myself was indeed the truth.  The global pandemic that started in 2020 and spilled over into 2021 in many ways put the whole world on pause.  While I never would have chosen this particular event to be the catalyst that pushed me into my year of testing, I entered into it with determination and even a bit of eagerness, knowing it was a now or never event.   An avid reader from a very young age, I was given the book ON WALDEN POND by Henry David Thoreau when I was just on

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