In your life you will need to make work to some degree to get money. If you don't work to get money you work to get the product that money buys (farmers). Teacher, scientist, writer, no matter what you are you are working for one cause. In this section of "Walden" this is exactly the dilemma that Thoreau goes though, once he finished his house in the woods he needed a way to pay for the rest of the necessities like food and clothes. Some things he provided for himself but he could not get everything from the woods. Thoreau must choose what he will do for money but his fear is that like most people that he will work his entire life and never get to enjoy it and die a rich but sad man. Although this was a long time ago that he was describing it vary much still applies to today. A saddening amount of people do exactly what Thoreau fears, they spend the best part of their life working and never stop to enjoy the wonderers life that is all around them. Fortunately there is a solution to this. My is a good example, he spends most of his hours in the day working and it does not end at five, he works for most of the time that he is awake all day every day. He may be working hard but he is doing what he loves to do which is physics, so to him it is not really work. Thoreau agrees with this by saying “In short, I am convinced, both by faith and experience, that to maintain one's self on this earth is not a hardship but a pastime” This is my goal in life and it is what Thoreau is trying to achieve. I want to find a job that I love to do so I never feel that I live a life of nothing, I don't want to find my self when I am a old man sitting in a wheel chair thinking to my self that I have done nothing in my life. You only have one life so don't waste it.