“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately
to front the essential facts of life and see if I couldn’t learn what it had to teach
and not when I came to die,
discover that I had not lived.”
– Henry David Thoreau –
Such beautiful words and thoughts to ascribe to a really full and beautiful life! – a life that is unique to you alone, dictated by you alone; living on your own terms.
How many of us take the time off to figure out who we really are and what we really want out of our lives before it is too late to make adjustments?
David Archuleta – worshipped by so many, standing at the threshhold of immeasurable success (if he had wanted it) made a decision to leave all that behind to pursue a life which he believed will hold a deeper meaning for him. Part of the lingering beauty is: the quest continues; the growth continues.
Spending time away gave him the opportunity to go off the beaten path and take the road less travelled. It is when we spend more time alone with ourselves and embrace our solitude and aloneness that we learn more and deeper about ourselves. We then come to truly own our minds, develop a more vibrant energy and live life more meaningfully.
David began to know more about himself as he grew into maturity. He did not want to be solely a singer – successful or no. He wanted, first and foremost, to live life as his own person – to do the things he thinks is right for him … to believe whatever is right for him … to avoid what he feels is wrong for him … to throw out things he does not appreciate in his life … to live his life Deliberately. Aaand … he happens to love to sing! It is really that simple.
Surely there are so many of us who are secretly desirous to follow that pattern of life to be just ourselves, BUT don’t have the guts to carry the decision through?
I do not pretend to be a David-spokesman. But, to a certain extent, I do shamelessly claim to understand a certain underlying truth about him. (Don’t many of us? 😉 )
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately – it is the most mentally-appreciative perception of living life accompanied by the greatest sensual delight.
David is a true artiste at heart; a genuine aesthete. He would most definitely want to live life that way. I should be happy for him that he has found a life closer to what he desires.
David has found a better David … a “higher” David … and I don’t mean it in a religious sense. Naturally, I do not know precisely what those steps are which he had taken and will be taking. But, from all the bits of hithers and thithers we have made our business to see, read and surmise, he has definitely begun to to live life more purposefully: deliberately … resolutely … and by personal choice. And no apologies needed for anyone.
For example, this tweet David sent gives us an indication as to what makes a happier life for him.
“If we are too busy to help someone in need, then we should reconsider how important whatever is keeping us so busy.”
But, from an abstract sense, it is almost relatively unimportant whether he is happier this way or not. Happiness is, afterall, subjective, relative and cannot be measured. The more significant aspect is: He has found, true to himself, how his life should be lived.
And I am cherishing an inner exultation because I know for sure that his future music, which is certain to be aplenty, will be touched with affinity by his newly-discovered depths and their subsequent joys.
(PS: I hope writing this settles my mind a little more, a mind which has been in a bit of a David-turmoil for some time, but never wavered in my taste and preference. Going soon on a much-needed holiday again to my beloved Tuscany. Dear Sheba will take over to post when David performs in the much-anticipated concerts in the US. Perhaps dear John will too with his delightful articles! Can’t wait for that Voice again!! -trace- 🙂 )
(AAM: This was written and submitted before David tweeted and self-promoted his US concerts. As far as we are concerned, David Archuleta is always and constantly relevant, so …… 🙂 )