Wanderlust or Wunderlust or Wonderlust?
It seems that the Urban dictionary is still confused over which is which and what do each of them mean. Here is what I want to talk about: it is an uncontrollable urge to keep learning and constantly seek something new.
Urban dictionary describes Wonderlust in two ways.
1. Wonderlust as a desire to be in a constant state of wonder. 2. Wonderlust describes the stage in a relationship or phase of love when you are not sure if you are lusting or actually in love with someone.
Wanderlust is a strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world.
Wunderlust is described in urbandictionary.com as: A strong desire to travel, to explore. chronic restlessness. To Escape from the Hive with the example of this as a use of it; “man my wunderlust is acting up, i need to get away from these humans.”
The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”
– St. Augustine
So, until it is a more common use, lets use them all to describe the need or desire to wander this planet of ours in a state of wonder with the occasional need to get out in nature and away from human interaction.
Weeks after I became a widow I was pushed into an adventure of a lifetime; I traveled to Australia from Bountiful, Utah with a backpack and no real plan in place to explore the National Parks of southern Queensland and New South Wales, by myself.
I had never traveled alone anywhere before. I was (extremely) out of my comfort zone! It was exactly what I needed to experience. This trip taught me that I was resourceful, intelligent, problem solver, quick thinker, could become a leader in a dangerous situation. I could drive a car that was set up to drive down the opposite side of the road, as I had experienced all my life to that point. I could “go and do’ without an itinerary and back up plans with hours of research. That life can be experienced “on the fly”.
I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within.”
– Lillian Smith
I hope that everyone has such an experience or more than one like this in their lifetime. Since that trip I have had several opportunities to participate in “on the fly” adventures. And each and everyone of them have been glorious!
One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”
– Henry Miller
I did read about 4 books the year before, for at the time some unknown reason, about solo travel and adventure travel by women. That may have been the seed planting, but I will forever be grateful that I was pushed to do this and that I was brave enough to heed the push.