Not all those who wander are lost. – J. R. R. Tolkien
Wanderlust can be defined as “a strong longing for or impulse toward wandering.” The common implication of a person filled with wanderlust is the literal need to travel. It’s no coincidence our August theme is based such a thought. This is, after all, the month that signifies the end of summer and the beginning of our last few weeks of peace and freedom before the onslaught of holidays. (Although, really, I love the holidays so ‘onslaught’ is a bit misleading in its connotation.) August is the time when we get the last bit of wandering out of our system before weather and time and schedules change our fancy free notions and we find ourselves all of a sudden looking at brochures for summer vacations again.
I have a thought. Perhaps we should take the idea of ‘Wanderlust’ and stretch it out, move it around. Let’s embrace this impulse toward wandering and incorporate it into our daily lives in a much more metaphoric sense. Perhaps something as simple as a staycation could fit the bill. Or perhaps, we merely allow our minds and our hearts to wander freely out into the world. A fantastic meal cooked at home, a good book, a conversation with a far off friend: these are the types of wandering that soothe a tethered soul.
I have done some of my best traveling in the comfort of my own home. I tend to dream big, plan methodically, rationalize obsessively. This type of behavior doesn’t always lend itself to a spontaneous weekend trip to a remote location. Nor is it satiated with a nomadic lifestyle. And yet…
An open road without a timetable, a one way ticket to the end of the line, a significant amount of time spent somewhere new (or old but new to me), a feel for a world I never knew existed: this is what wanderlust means to me. It is holding a passport to a land I never knew existed; it is my heart abroad. I would argue that wanderlust is a state of mind, a way of living.
This month, we will celebrate all that wanderlust is, there and back. Won’t you join us?