I hated this word ‘wanderlust’. It was so trendy and seemed pretentious, but as I began to travel to started to understand why it is used increasingly in these times.
Wanderlust is about finding Connection
We live online, in cities where our feet wear shoes as we hit concrete floors, ride on metal transport, use fuels to transport us and live in metal, glass and concrete buildings our bodies are no longer connected to Earth. We are so disconnected from the Earth, ourselves and each other that there is a natural rise in those seeking connections. To find a place where we can connect to ourselves, the Earth, and each other.
The world needs a conscious awakening. Without true conscious connection, we are all still walking around from our thinking minds that are already overstimulated and full of ego. We perpetuate the media cycle of negativity to fill the hole of detachment from our souls with addictions and dis-ease. We cannot work together for a better world as we do not know how to connect with this world, ourselves or others.
My head injury has taken me on a path of many lessons, but one of the earliest lessons was the value of my relationships with others. My friends and family cared for me, and ensured I was not homeless when I lost my job, home and health to work. Without their love and support I would have a very different story. I realised the value of my connections with others before I saw the connection to myself. Many of my blog posts are about my connection with myself as I travel.
For a change of voice, I am sharing the Wanderlust lessons of two young nutritionists I worked with in Nicaragua at Gracious Living Oasis. They reflect that there is a large positive movement of conscious awakening in this world; one of connection, joy and hope.
Finding Connections by Lyndsay Reddick
I’ve always wondered how people made deep, meaningful connections and friendships later on in their lives – you can’t exactly bond with another 20-year-old over Lego and Disney princesses the way you can form a friendship as a kindergartener. It wasn’t until I veered from the path that had been laid for me, and began to make decisions on my own terms that I began to make those connections.
I decided that I would rather pursue my passion than live the life people had expected from me; I dropped out of University, became a Holistic Nutritionist and decided to travel the world. These decisions not only changed me, but the people I surrounded myself with, and my outlook on life. Slowly I found myself distancing myself from the old friends that no longer served me, and beginning to attract incredible, supportive and like-minded people into my life.
The initial, terrifying decision to change the trajectory of my life created a snowball effect for change; I found my joy again, learned to laugh and most importantly, to be authentic.
And now making connections doesn’t seem so impossible, your vibe really does attract your tribe. So, live your truth, find your joy and be unapologetically YOU!
Finding your voice by Megan Mieta
A few years ago I began to lose motivation and felt so lost. I didn't have a clear path to follow, and I was constantly looking to others to tell me what to do. I was so worried about making the wrong choices that I feared would lead to my demise. It wasn't until I leapt out of my comfort zone and moved to Nicaragua for three months that I realized I don’t need to follow anyone else's footsteps.
I’ve met so many people who dance to the beat of their own drum, who are breaking all of the rules and shocking the system. They have taught me to hop off the road most travelled, grab a machete, venture into the forest and create my own path. I’ve learned that I can’t follow someone else's reality and expect to manifest an extraordinary life.
From this point on, no decision I make will be wrong because I’m not living up to anyone's expectations, but rather creating my own possibilities.