“Lucky, humbled, grateful”. My daughter is traveling. She is a high school teacher and uses winter breaks to fulfill her wanderlust. She sent me a text with the attached photos from Germany this morning and I asked her to give me three words describing what the ability to travel internationally means to her. She said, “lucky, humbled and grateful”. Wanderlust is a strong, innate desire to rove or travel about and she has set goals to explore the world.
I stumbled across these lyrics to a Jimmy Wayne Song, Where you’re going.
“It’s not where you’ve been, it’s where you’re going. It’s not who you were back then, it’s who you are this moment.”
I’ve set a goal to direct my focus on the every day journey and not be so preoccupied with the destination or with ticking items off of a bucket list. I believe that while we must learn from the past, our own past in particular in order to not repeat mistakes, the essence of life’s joy is not going to be found by examining who you were or where you’ve been, but in welcoming a change in perspective each day. Heraclitus was a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher. He was famous for his insistence on ever-present change as being the fundamental essence of the universe. “No man ever steps in the same river twice”. This is true as the water is always moving, it is a life force and therefore it is impossible to remain still and unchanged, There is no need to look back to that last ripple in the water, it’s gone in the blink of an eye. Look toward the next step, insure that your foot placement there will be a solid one.
Perhaps, like my daughter you have wanderlust to appease or simply the next work day to navigate. Wherever you are going tackle the journey knowing you are “Lucky” for the opportunity denied to many, ” humbled” by the gifts the universe has bestowed and “grateful” for where you’ve been and the direction you are headed.