The Delights of Wandering

 

Paraty, Rio de Janeiro

 

We’re taught to be in control of where to go at all times. We’re taught to always have a plan. While that may be a logical way to live, it’s not always up to us. In fact, it’s not reality. Although uncertainty can be scary, it’s more prevalent in our lives than we think. When you allow yourself to wander once in awhile, you expect the unknown on purpose with a purpose.  An appetite for curiosity and learning  can also involve a  love wandering. Whether you allow your mind to divert from the usual path of synapses and indulge in imagination or you  physically venture into an unknown territory and discover something new, there is something so exciting and wondrous about wandering.

The term wanderlust is often associated with travelling to far and exotic places. But it doesn’t have to be. You can wander wherever and however you choose. You can wander in your local library, a bookstore, a park, your neighbourhood, a neighbourhood that’s new to you. Or you can even wander in your mind. Inspiration lives where ever you allow your curiosity to take you.

Travel

Sometimes the best way to travel is to lose a sense of direction and expect the unexpected. It can be lots of fun to loosely plan your itinerary and just go with the flow. Actually, it’s probably a sensible way to travel. You never know how the weather patterns may alter your plans. With that being said, you may be surprised to learn more about your destination than you thought. Maybe you couldn’t go to the beach one day because it rained. Well, that’s what museums and indoor tourist attractions are for!  I speak from experience. I learned more about the city of Rio mainly because it rained during most of my stay there.  Instead of lounging on the Ipanema beach while having “The Girl from Ipanema” in my head, I got the chance to see a beautiful library and learn more about the city’s culture and history.

Bookstores or libraries

Bookstores and libraries can be one of the most accessible  places to wander. You may be searching for a collection of words strung together to inspire and excite you, all of which can be bundled up in a book.  These are places can  evoke feelings of nostalgia about your schooldays or  your favourite books. An aimless meander around a big library or bookstore can connect you with your love for learning and also remind you that there is so much more to learn and love.

Your hometown

You may think you know your neighbourhood like the back of your hand. But do you really? Have you stayed along a certain path just going from point A to point B? When was the last time you allowed yourself to find something unknown? Explore your own neighbourhood or explore a new neighbourhood intentionally. Go along the road less taken from time to time. It’s a whole other experience when you  pace yourself through a neighbourhood. You may gain a new perspective of your surroundings while also getting some fresh air and exercise.

Your mind

Although it’s important to stay focused, there are times when we it’s okay to permit ourselves to daydream. Dare to dream and dare to daydream. Some of the best ideas can come to us when we do this. You can start small by simply brainstorming. Brainstorming with an idea in mind involves allowing an idea to grow without censoring yourself. You may find some remnants of the storm that you want to keep.

Accepting the joy in wandering has been something relatively new to me. Accepting the joy in getting lost has also been something relatively new to me. But now, I embrace it whenever I can. It’s fun to be” Alice in Wander- land” once in awhile. Wandering gives me something to look forward to when the uncertain becomes too scary and when the certain becomes too mundane.  If you haven’t discovered the delights in wandering, I hope one day you do. If you need some ideas, feel free to refer back to this blog!

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