Henry David Thoreau went off into the woods to ‘live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life’. To see if he could learn what it had to teach, and on his death-bed, to avoid the regret of not having lived well.
I write for reasons that are strikingly similar, minus the need to exile myself to a cabin in the woods. I write to live deliberately and to lean into the essentials facts of life. In the 21st century, I have found a daily blog to serve this purpose exceedingly well.
When I started this blog 4 years back, I had pondered about how writing it would help me see and understand reality deeper – to follow the threads that comprise it, observe how they are interwoven and step back to appreciate the tapestry they form. Yet, the best metaphors fall short in describing the ecstatic feeling one gets when one sees clearly. Writing this blog has been habit – a daily reminder – to see clearly. Doing so for 1500 days has unlocked several of these ecstatic experiences.
When I set out to write this blog, I had also thought of it as a place to teach the world what I have learnt. But the posts on the blog are less about teaching the world, and more about teaching myself. This post is the 1500th on this blog, and also one that hardly anybody else will read, but that does not influence me in the slightest to change how I show up here.