For a long time I thought the call to wander was about travelling, about exploring new places and cultures. I was lucky, my first plane ride was when I was four and probably has a lot to do with why I adore airports and the notion of wandering. Airports are filled with the possibility of adventure.
Some of us travel when we are young. In my 20’s, I wandered/travelled when most of my friends were getting married and settling down. It culminated in, what at the time, seemed like an epic 7 month adventure to Europe and Turkey. Then we come back, and thus begin the adventure to settle back in.
The readjustment to settle back into a ‘normal’ life can be profound. In my case, it seemed I no longer fit in. I was so different and yet everyone else around me were the same. Their lives had not changed, mine did, so I did what most people do, I readjusted and I settled down. I got married, bought a house and tried to have children. I took vacations like most people and yet the call to wander was always there. However responsible people don’t just wander. Then I got divorced and in the journey back to mySELF the call to wander has been growing stronger, and yet somehow it’s different.
This time it’s not about wandering aimlessly, it is with intention. This time it’s about feeding a hunger I have within, to discover, tear down and create a different world both inside and out. My house is up for sale, I will most likely be keeping only what is precious and what I need in terms of belongings and a new adventure will begin.
At the same time something magical has awakened inside of me. The call to wander has expanded, it’s no longer just about geography, it’s also about my internal landscape. As much as I want to wander the planet I also get to wander around inside mySELF to discover the aspects I have not yet met. This call to wander includes wandering around my beliefs, values and attitudes about what it means to BE with another, to be in community and co-create a meaningful life that fulfills and sustains each of us individually and collectively.
Until the next time!
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