“My desire for knowledge is intermittent; but my desire to bathe my head in atmospheres unknown to my feet is perennial and constant.” – Henry David Thoreau, Walking
I have found a kindred spirit in the late, great Henry David Thoreau.
No wonder he is such a beloved poet, writer and environmentalist.
I love this quote above. The thirst for knowledge comes and goes and my mind has need of it, however, there is something in my soul with a greater need to explore, discover, search, go to places previously unknown to me.
The outdoors, nature, the woods, and similar places whet the appetite for such escapes. It fills up a sense of desire that isn’t met through textbooks or google, but it is the value of learning something new on your own. Even if others have been there before, discovering what you only now are just discovering, there is something about doing it on your own.
Alone on a trail in the woods, or on a mountain, I can explore every new trail to my heart’s content.