Type in the word “wanderlust” to your Google search bar in the upper right hand corner of your window, and you will find a plethora of definitions, principally:
wanderlust (n) “a strong desire or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world.
An accurate, generally-encompassing definition, I’d say.
But I’d also say that there’s more to it than meets the eye.
The definition in the picture above comes closer to me on the definition of wanderlust, stating that it’s an “irresistible desire to travel to understand one’s very own existence.” This comes much closer, with “irresistible” being a part of the definition, implying the necessity to go explore the great unknown.
But still, wanderlust means something more.
To me, wanderlust is not something you do just when you’re actively traveling the world. You could say that by living in Mexico, I am traveling. But the most lengthy travel I do is on a daily basis from my home to the gym and back. I’m not traveling in Mexico and while yes, I do sometimes travel to little pueblitos (towns) or cool places outside of Cuernavaca, I live in Cuernavaca. And as many of us know, living somewhere is very different from being a visitor, from being a traveler, but that’s a different story for a different post. While I am not actively traveling, I am practicing wanderlust in my everyday life. Because to me, the most important aspect of wanderlust is “one’s own existence,” and that is something that can be known wherever you are in the world. I believe in the daily practice of self-exploration and self-knowledge, which requires courage, patience, hope, and an openness of heart and mind to the possibilities that life has to offer. How I see it, life is full of possibilities wherever we turn. It is full of new insights and new perspectives, even in our same daily, weekly routines we become accustomed to. If we keep our hearts and minds open, one person, one conversation, one car ride has the potential to turn on a new light inside of us and lead us on a new path in life. But if our hearts aren’t open and our minds are closed, we miss out on the infinite possibilities that could have come our way. God puts people in our lives and sets us up for harmony, peace and love. But we must take responsibility for those moments to be able to realize and live that peace that only comes from following our bliss, pursuing our passion, finding our inner harmony and balance.
To me, this is wanderlust. It is something I do on a daily basis to become my most authentic, joyful self. I bet you do too and if not, I welcome you to wanderlust along with me in this one wild, beautiful life we have been given.