My Recipe to Managing WanderLust
For Those Time When I Want to Get Away…
“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
2 days ago, when I spotted the word ‘Fernweh’ while looking for some inspiration on Pinterest, I knew I finally found the lexicon for a desire I haven’t been able to put into words.
Das Fernweh: (German) adj. a feeling that describes a longing for places you’ve never been to, and it is said to be stronger than wanderlust. — [Source: Pinterest]
Wanderlust does not have to be restricted to travelers or travel fanatics…
This year, I’ve realized the need to get away is bigger than the act of traveling, moving out, or getting out of the house. Instead, this feeling was my wake-up call to do take action when I was feeling stuck.
As much as possible, I go on a self-discovery trip…
Our minds react to situations in imagination the same way they would in reality. This year, I’ve been using this piece of wisdom to seek a different type of traveling, namely: spiritual, mental, and emotional.
I was ready to know and to stay true to myself through those experiences and this was what all self-discovery was about for me.
I always seek inspiring ideas…
I found my game-changer in the science of life (Ayurveda):
“What we eat, we digest”.
Having spent most of my life in an overstimulated environment, at some point, I didn’t know what I was thinking anymore.
This year, I've been taking notes of what I feed my mind daily: what kind of thoughts am I exposed to? What ideologies are being stored in my mind? Why do I react to this situation in this way? Why do I feel such a way about this person? and, are these my thoughts or someone else’s?
I plan with “caution”…
The gist of wanderlust is the need for change and novelty and planning was a tricky and extremely exciting tool that when I used it irregularly, my brain went from ‘I’m so thrilled for..’ to ‘I was so not cut out for…’.
Using it with caution meant for me to set a time every month to plan, and reflect on how I felt about last month and what I want to experience next.
Finally, next time you absolutely need to get away, I invite you to seek your inner self first and watch it unfold with the epiphanies that have been awaiting you in the chambers of your being.