so i have this bug.
and for those of you who know me well enough, you know what kind of bug it is..the one that creeps up more often than not, that keeps me from sitting still. the one that drives me to discover new uncharted fields and dares me to do things i never thought i could. that need to see waterfalls, to travel to africa, to snuggle a koala. it’s that wanderlust bug. ever since i was young, i’ve always wondered about what was ‘out there’. out there beyond what i can see right before me. what is left uncovered? what else is there to learn about this world? so much. so very much.
recently the wanderlust bug has been singing quite loud. i suddenly find myself surrounded by the most inspiring friends who aren’t afraid to go and do, and it makes that wanderlust bug sing even louder. ive been out of the country twice in the last three months and i am ready for more. more discovering, more risk taking, more soaking up of the beauty that is this world. i am so ready. so, so ready to explore. shoot, give me a fully equipped backpack and i’ll be walking across the united states in no time! 😉
at the age of 25, i find it quite challenging to be a budget explorer, and i give even bigger props to those friends and acquaintances that i see wandering all around the world. we are quarter life crisis gypsies if you will, traveling to different cities or across the country by motorcycle, not knowing what the final destination will be but really, truly enjoying the journey.
that is the biggest part that i feel like my generation is great at. enjoying the journey rather than the destination. while our elders remind us that careers are important (and they are), we are taking our time reaching the top of that ladder. we are slowly climbing up, looking around at each step, making sure it’s what are our hearts are feeling.
“You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.”
this wild and adventurous journey is not an easy one. it comes with many obstacles. anyone who’s ever traveled before has found it; anyone who has had a successful career have had their share of obstacles, too. making a life rather than making a living takes skill.
“You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.
Some windows are lighted. but mostly they’re darked.
But mostly they’re darked.
A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin!
Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose? How much can you win?”
i am learning that life is about finding that thing that you’re passionate about. that one ‘hobby’ that makes your heart glow. when you glow, you truly have the most room to grow into your true self. life is about taking those risks and those somewhat scary steps. those times when you’re afraid to say yes are opportunities that could open you up to something so much greater than you had ever imagined.
“And when you’re alone there’s a very good chance
you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants
There are some, down the road between hither and yon,
that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on.”
i am learning that sometimes, it is about risk. quite suddenly you could come to that fork in the road. will you take the beaten path, or the one that’s a bit more untraveled, a bit more undiscovered? because there is where you will find liberation, and joy, and something new. how exciting is that!?
i know that my wanderlust bug will never go away. in fact, i do believe that it is growing. and each time i step out to discover new lands, it grows about ten times bigger, and my heart opens up to a whole new world. i cherish the times when this happens and so look forward to the many times that it will happen over and over again. it is something in my spirit that i want to keep alive for years, and something that i wish to share when i one day have a family. it has always been my dream to have a little bunch of explorer children (with binoculars and all) who have eyes that are opened up to the world at large and who know what a blessing is when they see it (because everythings a blessing, really).
i am so thrilled to see what God has in store for me this year. i have this feeling in my heart that big changes are around the corner. that He is about to walk with me on that path that’s a bit more untraveled. one that i will make my very own, and one that He will make so very beautiful.
every step is the way. always remember that. remember that and go.
“It’s opener, out there, in the wide, open air.”