Word of the Week: Wanderlust

Alex on the trail




1. a great desire to travel and rove about

What is it?

I’ve always liked the word wanderlust. It conjures up images of mountains, forests, and adventures. As I’ve mentioned in my previous articles, I was very hyper growing up and had a vivid imagination. This caused me to frequently fantasize about new adventures and exploring the world. I have an eight to five job and typically sit behind a desk five days a week. With each passing day my wanderlust grows stronger. It feels like my inner-caveman is crying out; telling me that I must be active. I must get outside. I must travel and rove about!

What do I do?

Your life is busy. My life is busy. We’re all busy. That’s just the way life is and it doesn’t get any less busy (until maybe after we all retire). This just causes the wanderlust to grow and grow. So I make time to explore the world.

This doesn’t always mean flying across the country to climb a volcano (although, I have done that). I often stay close to Ohio, but I make sure that I adventure. I hike, backpack, and rock climb as often as I can. I also work around my house and visit my parents to help out on their farm. I can settle that inner-caveman and sometimes even the wanderlust with a good, hard day of physical labor.

I also try to keep my mind sharp. We can all adventure through books, movies, magazines, and other forms of media (I suggest reading instead of digital entertainment to satisfy that wanderlust). Even if you don’t have time to sit down and read a huge novel, quick, short stories and articles can be great. Maybe you can even write some yourself! My good friend Tiffany Metzger has some great prompts and short stories to get you started on her site. You can check out her blog here! (I’ll be featuring more about her in a later article about why I write).

Just Do It!

If you are anything like me, you have a list of things that you wish you could do. Write those things down and attach timelines to them. Then just get out and do it! I did this a few years ago and it has really made a difference. You won’t be able to cross everything off, but focus on the things you can. This year, I finally started taking Martial Arts classes. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do since I was a kid, but never had time for. Make time for the things you want to do! Especially things that can build you up or make you a better person.

So whether your wanderlust drives you to climb a mountain or just curl up with that book you’ve been meaning to read, take some advice from Nike© and “JUST DO IT!”

Lifting a tree

Want to lift a tree? Just do it!

6 thoughts on “Word of the Week: Wanderlust

  1. Aw, thanks for the shout out. 🙂
    I must say I like your words of the week – and this week’s word resonates with me, because I’ve been feeling a bit of wanderlust lately. I think it’s because work has been stressful (though when I think about it – its always a bit stressful and manic…) In any case, I find myself feeling restless at my computer and unsatisfied with my designs. I want to be outside, even if I’m just perched somewhere with a book.
    Today in particular I am feeling nostalgic, missing the green countryside of England and the quiet bustle of Bath. I want to go back. No doubt this desire is only fueled by my re-reading of Jane Austen’s novels…
    I like your idea of making a list. I am a fan of lists. I may have to make one (officially) after this…
    Great post, as ever!

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    • Thanks, Tiffany! I’m glad you liked it. I can definitely relate to what you are saying about work and feeling restless. It’s funny how sitting behind a desk or working in an office can be so exhausting and yet how carrying a fifty pound backpack through the mountains or reading a good book can be refreshing and invigorating.


      • You’re welcome! It really is. But I don’t think we humans were ever meant to live completely sedentary lives…it’s like you’ve been saying, we need to get out, move and have adventures. 🙂

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  2. Great post!

    Mr. FamilyTrivium here – I can absolutely relate. I too used to sit at a desk, in a stuffy office, about 8 hours every Monday-Friday. A few years back, my employer was nice enough to install an opening window by my desk, so I can grab some fresh air when weather permits. I didn’t even ask for it – I think a more important coworker in my room did.

    More recently, I switched to a standing desk and it’s been great. It took about a week to adjust – half days standing at first, but I can tell a difference. My posture is better, my back feels better, I’ve become more lean in my core, and I have way more energy. Now, the FamilyTrivium kids try to keep up with me! If there’s any way you could get such an accommodation, I can’t recommend it highly enough. Be sure to wear flat-soled shoes.

    I’ll also give credit to walking 2-3 miles through a park near my office during lunch break. It’s not completely wild, and it doesn’t really supress my wanderlust, but it does usually help maintain sanity.

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