Go confidently!

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams,
live the life you’ve always imagined.”

– Henry David Thoreau

The correct quote is: “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” Close.

I would have saved this quote until graduation day, but I think it is fitting for all occasions. Every day. Carpe diem. Seize the day.

It’s so fitting that this was written in the English Building’s bathroom. I feel like for English majors—and humanities students, at large—this could not be truer. Despite the fact that modern language programs are being phased out and even English departments are being cut down, we shouldn’t be discouraged to learn what we love and to do what we’ve always wanted. We must keep our heads high because what we do is an art and a skill that is secretly desired by all, but are despised by those who have a difficult time appreciating the beauty around them.

One of the well known transcendentalists Henry David Thoreau did write this…or it could be a paraphrase of a section of Walden. However, our female culprit has done an excellent job at exuding confidence to herself and to her readers. Indeed, we must be confident in all that we do and all that we dream. Why can’t we live the life we have imagined? What is holding us back? The fear of not being able to achieve our goals? The pressures from our peers? From our parents? I know a thing or two about pressure from parents and I do not plan on letting that stop me from writing what I want or reading what I want or getting the jobs that I want. I plan on living my life as I had dreamed and working hard to make that dream a reality.

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