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Who is Walden anyway?

“Walden” is a an old book written by Henry David Thoreau.

Henry moved into a little house in the woods, and stayed there for two years. He embraced frugality, and simplicity. By doing so, he found happiness and freedom.

If we let us inspire by Walden, the world of freedom is right in front us.

So why do we want to be like Walden?

This blog is for young men and women who are willing to live on their own terms. Stepping outside of our cultural norm. A life where we do what we love, and not what society expect from us. We can do this by embracing simplicity and minimalism. And by doing so we can become financial independent, and do exactly what we want to do.

No more, no less.

My story

As a young ignorant kid. I wanted to be rich, have a big house and a yellow sportscar (Don’t ask me why it should be yellow). That is how a 10-year old Loui think he is going to impress everybody.

But as years passed by. I realized to have a big house, and an expensive car. You need to work your ass off. Often in 30 or more years. That didn’t appeal to me. And for years I was quiet frustrated about how we are “supposed” to:

  1. Get an education
  2. Buy a house and a car
  3. Work till you are 70 years old.

I grew older. Still frustrated.

In my early 20’s I had a bad habit of not listening to what people had to say. Grueling about what I had to say. And when they finished speaking, I would give them my opinion about what we were talking about.

It was not just me doing it.

Everybody did it.

It hit me. People often only think about themselves. So why did I want to gather a car, house and stuff to impress people I didn’t even know. And like every other human they were more concerned about their own wellbeing.

This made me think, and curious. So I started to read. The first time I finished a book when I was 21 years old. And that habit has turned my life around.

I stumbled across ton of awesome people in books, blogs and all sorts of places. And it seems like there is a ton of people who had quit their jobs early in life. To do whatever they desire. This could be raising a family, traveling the world or starting a business they never had the guts to do.

By reading, I learned that the most important part of financial independence is not how much money you make, but how much you are spending.

Put it another way.

How little can you spend while having an awesome life. 

Starting to study personal finance, it seems like we can thrive on A LOT less than we think is normal. And this become my gateway to minimalism and simplicity in general.

So this is where I am now, in my late 20’s:

  • Addicted to own as less shit as possible
  • Seeing frugality as an awesome daily challenge
  • Chasing a dream of retiring in five years or less
  • Inspire other people to do the same with this blog

That is the first quarter of my life summarized in less than 1000 words.

So without further ado,

Welcome to Wannabe Walden!