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I’m a Washington, DC resident in my early 30’s who is doing my best to live the sweet life.
What does this search entail? I’m starting to form that opinion for myself, but it’s not an easy question to answer.
It is quite expensive to live here, and the population can be a competitive crowd to live among. That is not to say that it is unenjoyable, but it is certainly a challenge to maintain perspective. I have found myself become less outgoing among the crowds of people. I have found myself running home at the end of the workday with little thought other than to get myself back to sanity. Oftentimes this adds up to having no energy for anything when I reach my front door.
Our jobs are our livelihood, but not our lives. Living the sweet life is standing true in our work-life balance and finding the energy to push on for living.
We cannot shack up on the edge of a small pond, like Henry David Thoreau, but we can take great solace in his quest:
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, 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. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion.” -HD Thoreau
I, for one, don’t live an exceedingly Spartan-like life, but I honor the quest to “live deep and suck out all the marrow of life.” I will try my best to be honest along my journey with you, and I hope to get inspired by you as well as, hopefully, to inspire some of you to search for the sweet life.
Thanks for reading along on my journey.