Two Years and Change

Two years and two months, that’s how long the famous American
writer Henry David Thoreau was at Walden Pond. It’s probably no
coincidence that many Peace Corps Volunteers see a correlation
between what Thoreau did and what many of us are doing during our
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately,” he writes to
start his book, “to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could
not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover
that I had not lived.”
We will spend two years and three months of our lives facing life in a much
more raw way than many Americans ever choose to. We do it
deliberately because we believe in it and we hope to come out the other
side wiser and better as people. In Peace Corps there is an incredible
amount of time for introspection into who we are, what is important in
life and what the world has to teach us if we are awake to it.
“I have never met a man who was quite awake,” Thoreau writes in his
closing lines, “Only that day dawns to which we are awake.”
1 comment
  1. I’m glad to find this update. I’m 11 months into service (Morocco) and just started reading Walden. I was blown away by the similarities between his life and a Peace Corps life.

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