I am in a constant state of wanderlust (and a Gemini/Tiger).
Well, as I learn more about mindfulness and the Law of Attraction, my angst is getting better. Basically, I dream of being somewhere else in the world, of travelling and exploring new frontiers all the time. I read travel magazines, I search airline fares often just in case and I am always planning my next trip, just in case it can happen. No, I am not sad or depressed. Yes, I probably am quite bored at times.
Although a romantic notion, feeling wanderlust can be somewhat debilitating. Especially when you feel trapped, or when you don’t have the means to travel or when you have children to care for and can’t just get up and hop on a plane whenever you like! And really, this isn’t limited to just the yearning to travel. There are thousands, actually millions of people who simply want a change from the mundane of everyday life.
I was recently having this conversation with a friend (an Aquarius) who doesn’t share my sentiment. She doesn’t have the travel bug. During her years in college, she posted a quote on her mirror that helped changed her views on life:
“Wherever you go, there you are”
– Dr. Seuss
What a notion! If you let this settle in, it’s definitely something to think about.
Yes, it’s wonderful to travel. Amazing to explore new cities and terrain; and incredible to experience different cultures and lay your eyes on different parts of the earth. It is so great to escape grey Canadian winters, even for only a couple of weeks, to be in a colorful climate and swim in the ocean!
However, I also know it’s equally important to ensure that, no matter where I am in the world, I strive to make every day fulfilling, mindful and purposeful. I’m learning that I must focus on upgrading my everyday spaces and mindset because ‘the grass is always greener where you water it.’
As mentioned, over the past year and a half, I am finding ways of easing the unsettling constant feeling of wanderlust.
First, gratitude. As with all mindfulness practices, I remember to give thanks to the universe more and more when I get frustrated from a feeling of stagnancy. What a wonderful way to learn to better appreciate the exact space where you stand. Since making this a habit, I have really gained a new love for my own city, my province and country. I actually see it through different eyes ~ thus the need to constantly jet off somewhere else.
Second, staycations. You know, when you tour your own city as if you are a tourist? Again, a great way to satisfy the urge to explore and discover. I live in an amazing city (Toronto), but didn’t always think so. There is so much I haven’t seen and a thousand places I haven’t been. And even if that isn’t exciting enough, day trips out of the city are another great way create a balance between travel and growing roots.
Third, minimize. Not sure about other wanderlusters, but I also feel burdened by too much stuff at times. I often yearn for less; less to manage, less to store, and less to essentially worry about. The concept of travelling or changing places in the world is a refreshing contrast to managing a house full of stuff, so for this I try to get rid of a bunch of stuff.
Fourth, visualization. This is another practice I have been doing more and more. And call it what you will, but it really works! Many high achievers make visualization a part of their everyday, like some of the most satisfied and successful people on earth. Basically, I set aside some time (sometimes before I get out of bed, sometimes sitting in nature) to picture in my mind what my ideal day looks like, or my ideal life, or my ideal self.
This is a game changer. Sure, I’d love to be swimming in the ocean, but most times I visualize myself being happiest sitting on a patio eating greek food with friends or go karting with my family or bike riding in the valley – all things I can make a part of my everyday life. Even more than picturing what I’d be doing during an ideal day, is how I feel. I’m happy, energetic, laughing, loving, etc…
Travel is amazing; it’s soul nurturing, rewarding and makes for a more fulfilled life. But I’m learning there are other satisfying ways to nix the travel bug and manage the feeling of wanderlust since I can’t travel as often as I dream. Most importantly, I’m learning to be mindful about where the feelings come from and allow me to make necessary changes in the everyday. Wherever I go, there I am.