Wander. I love this word. In fact, I might go so far as to say that it’s one of the greatest words in the English language. Oh yeah, I went there.
For some reason, there’s usually a negative connotation to the word “wander”—it makes us think of some buffoon who’s just drunkenly stumbling around for no reason (other than maybe they might be intoxicated and a little crazy).
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="319"] From Dawn Cooper Illustration[/caption]
For me, because I’m an avid Tolkien fan, the word always reminds me of his over-pinterested quote: “Not all those who wander are lost.” Being lost is a beautiful thing; it’s one of the most rewarding places to be in in life. If you’re lost, the whole world is open for you to explore.
There are no limits.
If you have a set direction, you can’t wander off the path (hit the snooze button).
Ever since I first got my driver’s license in high school, I’ve been getting lost. Whenever my best friend and I would get in a car, we would always, without fail, find ourselves completely and utterly lost. It happened so often that we started calling these our adventures, “We’re not lost; we’re on an adventure!”
I’m forever grateful for this attitude that we had. It helped me realize that that’s exactly what being lost is; an adventure, not some kind of hopeless abyss. Being lost is the greatest adventure of our lives.
Allow yourself to have this adventure. Don’t let yourself believe that you’re supposed to be on some sort of straight-paved path, because you know what? The woods are far more interesting. Don’t be fooled into thinking that you’re supposed to have everything figured out; no one has it figured out. That’s why we all continue to wander. Don’t be afraid to be lost. It’s only when we allow ourselves to wander when we discover the true beauty of the world around us and ourselves.
So, go ahead, start exploring.