Happy 195th Birthday, Henry David Thoreau!
In lieu of presents, read one of his most famous essays:
I have met with but one or two persons in the course of my life who understood the art of Walking, that is, of taking walks […]
Half the walk is but retracing our steps. We should go forth on the shortest walk, perchance, in the spirit of undying adventure, never to return, prepared to send back our embalmed hearts only as relics to our desolate kingdoms. If you are ready to leave father and mother, and brother and sister, and wife and child and friends, and never see them again—if you have paid your debts, and made your will, and settled all your affairs, and are a free man—then you are ready for a walk.
It’s beautiful outside today. Time to go for a walk.