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Tuesday, June 14, 2005


For the past some months, I have been living under a cloud of pressure and looming obligation. But now, with the completion of my final final, I have a sense of liberty that is, well, quite liberating. I am long overdue for an extended session of introspection to determine where I am in my life and what else I want to experience. I can honestly say that the last such period was the summer of 1998 (was it really that long ago?).

Then I was unemployed, living on a sandbar in the middle of a rushing mountain stream in Vermont. My island was somewhat smaller than my tent, which was staked out so the water swept under the fly, but I stayed dry. I brought only three items: a pillow, a sleeping bag, and my portable thoreau, which included walden. I read Walden for the first time down there, the summer after my first year in college, while it rained and rained for two and a half weeks. It was inspiring, motivating, empowering. Simplify, Simplify, Walden read. These words resonated strongly and out of nowhere, I had the motivation to study the brain, about which I new nothing. From where this motivation came, I still have no idea...

But perhaps its now time for another spell as Crusoe on my private island up in the mountains of summertime Vermont. You see, I'm feeling pretty burned out and uninspired right now, and I need a vacation...

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