Not all who wander are lost.


Wandering is associated with living creatures who are always on the go. One of these such creatures, named very appropriately, is the Brazilian wandering spider. This guy doesn’t spin a web or stand still for very long periods of time, and it is the most deadly spider in the world.

Before an anti-venom was created for its poisonous bite, 1000 people a year died from its attack. He’s wandering all right, but I doubt he’s lost. Here’s a cool clip from National Geographic about the wandering spider and its huge cousin, the tarantula.

How about us? I believe not all humans who wander are lost (unless they were lost before they started wandering).

The thing about wandering is…it usually happens naturally. Something catches your eye, and off you go…you have forgotten about what it is that you were doing in the first place.

Wandering gives people the opportunity to find something. This something may be physical, but more often than not, it is spiritual.

Many of us may wander off into a peaceful place, like a forest, some may prefer the seaside. For myself, wandering is something I do purposelywhen I feel I need to take a break from everyday life and reconnect with nature, otherwise it happens out of the blue.

A painting by Pam Hough click to follow to PamHough.com

Wandering encourages me to see paths I have never walked before and it gives me the opportunity to take that path and discover things.

There is something secretly soothing about walking alone in an unknown place. It allows our minds to expand and think without any interruptions.

I am not lost when I wander off. Wandering provokes the awakening of my conscience.

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3 responses to “Not all who wander are lost.

  1. I love the way you think! I agree with you that wandering awakes a persons conscience.

  2. Wandering is discovering – either the environment or yourself! I usually wander around in the kitchen to find whatever my grandma hid in the bakery-bin (And I promise you that this discovery is worth wandering). Wandering in the city, on Melkbos strands or in the Cape Gardens is most relaxing… but after your National Geographic clip, I doubt the fun of wandering in Gardens!

  3. nicolefernandes

    wander-wonder sounds same to me hehe interesting blog and love the paiting!

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