Not All Who Wander Are Lost

March 24, 2020 Adventuring

I sometimes wonder what keeps me returning to questions I ask.

It keeps me up at night, the inquiry into why we do what we do, why we don’t what we don’t; and maybe the thing that I’ve spent the most hours contemplating:

Who am I supposed to be?

To show up best for everyone around me. To have the most impact in the form of a ripple effect. And to simultaneously find the most joy in any moment, be in alignment with what makes me feel the best, and live a magical grand adventure.

I used to think the answer came in the form of a career, calling or purpose.

A ladder I had to climb, a future destination I had to get to where I’d finally “arrive”.

I’ve recently realized that for me, that’s no longer true.

I say “for me” because many people do feel compelled into certain callings. I think that’s beautiful and amazing. That’s just not how it has unfolded for me. And I’m okay with that.

For me, the answer came in the whisper of the wind, one quiet day when the leaves were floating through the sky and it sounded like this: the biggest way I can impact this world, create change, growth, expansion and healing isn’t about what I’m doing. It’s about how I’m doing it.

The question isn’t about who I’m supposed to be.

It’s about how I’m supposed to be. In any and everything I do.

I don’t have one “thing” that’s my thing that I follow that guides my life. Instead, I’ve found myself falling in love with curiosity, adventure, and feeling the pulse of the world.

I’ve found I’m much better and much more useful when I’m expanding out into the Universe than up any kind of ladder.

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I can’t promise you this afternoon.

I can promise you one thing: All you ever have is right now. The future is just a collection of successive nows.

After all, not all who wander are lost.

And.

For some of us, it’s in wandering and wondering that we’re found.

xo, Netanya

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