Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,
Healthy, free, the world before me,
The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose.
Henceforth I ask not good fortune, I myself am good fortune;
Henceforth, I wimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing,
Done with indoor complaints, libraries, querulous criticisms,
Strong and content I travel the open road.
All seems beautiful to me.
I can repeat over to men and women,
You have done such good to me I would do the same for you,
I will review it for myself and you as I go.
I will scatter myself among men and women as I go,
I will toss new gladness and roughness among them.
- "The Open Road", by Walt Whitman