Wanderlust – A Desire for Wandering

After having a dream about living in an enormous house, all I can remember thinking was how the house didn’t matter because all I wanted to do was leave. Of course that was just a dream, but the more I think about it, the more I find this to be true in my life. It is said that those with wanderlust don’t necessarily need to go anywhere in particular; they just do not want to stay in one place. In German, wandern translates to wander and lust means desire which is where the word wanderlust comes from; a desire for wandering. 

I frequently have strong urges to roam and move throughout the day. Even as a child, strictly planned events and routines were difficult for me to follow (especially school camps where everything was planned by the exact hour). My desire to see the world, travel, and wander is a part of who I am and I want traveling to continue being an important part of my life. This word might be odd to some people, but the term wanderlust correlates with many aspects of my life. Maybe that’s why the thought of buying a house is paralyzing to me; committing to one location for an extended period of time with no seemingly quick way to leave.

To stay happy, I try to flow with life knowing that life is impermanent and that feelings, thoughts, and emotions can change rather quickly. I usually feel my best when I am wandering, even if it’s just aimlessly walking through a park. Traveling and planning trips is one of the most energizing and exciting events for me, and it is relieving to know that traveling can make me feel so free, happy, and full of life. I don’t think I was ever meant to stay in one place, and right now, I want to visit the mountains!

“If you don’t know where you want to go, then it doesn’t matter which path you take.”

“Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime full of adventures…”

“Alice- How long is forever? White Rabbit- Sometimes, just one second.”

Lewis Carroll – Alice in Wonderland

16 thoughts on “Wanderlust – A Desire for Wandering

  1. Yes, yes, yes!!! I love this and feel you on every detail of what you mentioned. I do have a home, and am actually in the process of looking into building a new home on the land I own, however; I’m staying as frugal as I can and not putting a lot into it. I don’t need anything massive, and like you, my desire to travel far outweighs my desire to stay in one place! Thank you for sharing!!

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  2. My desire to wander far afield diminished when I got older, though I had 40 years of wandering to look back on. But having a dog means I still do a lot of ‘wandering’, seven days a week.
    Many thanks for following my blog, Jessica.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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