Hello SOTGC community,
“Not all those who wander are lost”- famous words by the renowned J.R.R.Tolkien that may, in fact, hold much truth and promise in the demanding and hectic world that we sometimes find ourselves immersed in.
Have you ever been on vacation, only to find yourself gravitating to the simple act of wandering… exploring old cobblestone streets with a camera in hand or stumbling upon hidden coves and islets of an uncharted segment of beach only to take a quick dip in the inviting waters.
This past summer, I was fortunate enough to spend two months in Greece by the Mediterranean sea; during my stay in Greece I made wandering a part of my daily existence.
It felt amazing to set out some mornings without knowing where I would end up, who I would meet on the way, and what life lessons and experiences I would encounter as I wandered. It was indeed a change from the usual structure of my daily life. The time constraints, detail-oriented aspects and demands of school, work and daily commitments often prescribe finite ends to the tasks we partake in.
As I “wandered” it felt different, but at the same time refreshing, to focus more on the journey, than the end result. There was always a point A but point B was left up to chance, and the journey between the two points became the epicentre of my energy and enjoyment.
Now unfortunately, a two-month-long trip to Greece is a rare luxury and as a medical student I can’t fathom the next opportunity I will have to partake in such a trip. Nevertheless, we can all introduce an element of wander to our daily, or weekly (depending on the time of year) lives. Why not set some time aside to discover a part of town that is novel to you? Choose a starting point and then simply wander from there, with no clear destination in mind. Let your thoughts wander and enjoy the journey. Watch the people around you, sit down for a coffee on the way, pop into a shop that looks inviting and allow your senses to relish in the sounds, sights and aromas that surround you.
You see, my dearest SOTGC readers, it is indeed a truth that not all those who wander are lost. In actuality, wandering may be an effective strategy for connecting with a stronger sense of self and be a source of tranquility when everything around us is moving at a fast and chaotic speed.
Happy wandering…enjoy the journey!