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Wellbeing Wednesday – I Sound my Barbaric Yawlp

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I love the movie Dead Poets Society. It was released over ten years before the first time I watched it, but I instantly fell in love. I’m not even sure how many times I watched our VHS copy! It isn’t any particular anniversary of anything pertaining to the movie, but this week a Walt Whitman quotation featured in the movie really spoke to me, so here it is 🙂

Isn’t it so much fun to imagine standing there and letting loose with your “barbaric yawlp?” Even picturing it feels so free, so empowering.

On probably our third date ever (I think it was), I told my husband about Thoreau and one of my other favorite quotations in Dead Poets Society {{“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately…I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life.}} I was either very convincing in my description of the transcendentalist movement or, more likely, he was hoping to impress because he went out and bought a copy of Walden! (Incidentally, you can get Walden for free on Kindle. Yay!) He even read some of it 😉

And just in case you’re not familiar with Thoreau, Walden, and the transcendentalists, the basic premise of transcendentalism is that people and nature are inherently good, you should trust your intuition, and that all people possess a piece of the “Over-soul” and are, therefore connected. Amos Bronson Alcott was a transcendentalist, and so was his daughter Louisa May of Little Women fame. (Some readers may also be interested to learn that Amos Alcott was an advocate of a vegan diet long before the term was coined!)

As always, this week’s Wellbeing Wednesday image is available as an 8×10 printable in the members’ tab above, but I hope everyone who sees it enjoys!

Anyone else out there a big Dead Poets Society fan?

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  • Pamela Baker March 22, 2017, 05:42

    Truly one of my favorites also – but you forgot my favorite quote from Keats: “Carpe diem. Seize the day”!
    TSM was the guiding light the future back in the 70’s (am I dating myself???) It did give many a new way of viewing themselves – from within.
    Now I am going to have to go watch the movie again. For those who haven’t seen it – it is well worth your while – also, Robin Williams at his finest!

    • Natashalh March 22, 2017, 08:48

      Oh, yes, that is another great one from the movie! My husband and I were discussing yesterday how we miss Robin Williams. He was in so many of the best 90s kids movies. Sadly, a friend of mine recently lost their dad to suicide after decades of battling depression and bipolar disorder.

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