“Wherever there is beauty, you will find a home,” those words, bestowed upon me by a close friend in my childhood, struck the depths of my soul. Hailing from a quaint home in Lincoln, MA, I developed a deep connection to nature in my ongoing effort to escape the emotional distress trapped inside those walls. As a child, I spent many of my days riding my horse, Mica, down a trail that ushered us towards absolute tranquility, otherwise known as Walden Pond. As I would reflect amidst the shore, I sat steps away from the simple home of the late Henry David Thoreau, the man who first spoke those words that I could carry with me for thirty some years.
On July 12th, Henry David Thoreau’s 200th birthday will be celebrated by all those who have been deeply mentored by his legacy. In his honor, I’ve been celebrating nature and mentor-ship while on vacation in Martha’s Vineyard.