Not all who wander are lost…

All that is gold does not glitter,

Not all those who wander are lost;

The old that is strong does not wither,

Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,

A light from the shadows shall spring;

Renewed shall be blade that was broken,

The crownless again shall be king.

Not all who wander are lost...

This is such an awesome poem, which was written by J.R.R. Tolkien from The Lord of the Rings. Some of us might get lost somewhere in live, but it’s the strong that does not wither.

In life, I may be wandering, but I’m not lost. All of us are working hard, trying to succeed or trying to make a living. Some have probably travelled the world to find new adventures but to some families and friends, our adventures felt like a source of confusion. We all have dreams and we all want to live and fulfil our dreams. Maybe we are busy with things that make us miserable, maybe even depressed, because you might not have been living your dreams…

We have a path that we walk, and sometimes we are wandering, stopping, cruising or just thinking for a moment to where we are headed. Other people around you will then judge you and tell you that you are lost. Well, tell them that they shouldn’t judge your path if they haven’t walked your journey. I want to take an example of someone I met. She studied for a Public Relations Practitioner, and after 5 years in the industry she decided to follow her dream. She met a gorgeous man whom she married and they moved to a lodge, where she became a manager of the lodge. Her dream was to work with animals in the nature. Her professional friends acted like she fell off a horse and hit her head. They thought she was throwing everything away when she moved on to different things.

They had a problem with their own vision. They had a form of inner blindness that prevented them from seeing her dreams. To them, it looked like she was wandering, even lost.

Even though she was wandering, she was not lost at all. She knew where she wanted to be and she followed her dream. We should all be living our dreams and don’t listen to others telling us that we are lost, because then we listen to them and just keep on going, doing what we do.

Know who you are and where you are going. Travel in the direction of your dreams. Wherever your dreams take you, there’s where you will end up. Although it may look like you are wandering, you are definitely not lost. Go ahead.  Live your dreams.  Keep on wandering … because the long strange trip is so worth it!

Don't judge my path if you haven't walked my journey!

Editor: Roelien Zwart

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4 thoughts on “Not all who wander are lost…

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  3. interesting ideas! check out my recent post about this same concept. happy writing and have a great day!

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