”Not all those who wander are lost.”
- J.R.R. Tolkien
What are you going to do with your life?
It’s the question we are all trying to figure out. Some know pretty early on. Some much later in life. And some, well, just don’t.
I’m in the third category. What about you?
I wasn’t always a wanderer. I originally had my mind set on becoming a weatherman. I worked hard through grade school, got into university to major in meteorology, and had my course of action all planned out. I was all about having plans because it was safe, sound, and secure.
But of course, did my long-term plans work out? A definite no.
I got sidetracked. Majorly sidetracked. When I randomly applied for a campus job to work with an apparel bodyscanner, I became super interested in functional apparel. From there, I digested as much information on the apparel industry.
Does it stop there?
No. I continued to find many other interests & passions I didn’t know I would love … including travel and surf.
And then I found that I loved researching all things functional apparel specifically within the active & action sports industry. See a pattern?
I realized that all my interests aren’t really that different from the next. And that randomly wandering from one interest to the next really helped me continue to define what I specifically liked. Essentially, my journey honed into the niche I’d like to pursue … but yet still be able to keep it broad and general (I’m a multipotentialite).
I struggled for awhile, to be okay that I can be a wanderer. Whether it is the travel wanderer or career wanderer, I’m here to tell you, it’s cool and okay to be a wanderer. When you are a wanderer, you become in tune with uncertainty, and embrace it.
Concerns many people have with wandering include:
A.) Will I ever find that defined path?
B.) I’m still worried about how my friends, family, or job recruiters view me.
C.) How will I maintain productivity going back & forth from one interest to the next?
For concern A.) Just keep wandering. Keep trying out new things. And worry less about defining some deadline where you need to figure out what it is that you want to do. Just do it. At least, you’ll know what you don’t like … vs. not knowing at all, which will lead you one step closer towards finding your path.
For concern B.) Who cares what they think? Are they the ones living your life? No. The toughest thing in being a wanderer is that you will be judged, most of the time negatively. Since many of them will have lived and abided by the safe, sound, and secure lifestyle, even explaining the concept of the wanderer is fruitless. Don’t bother.
For concern C.) There are many different ways to up your productivity. First realize, that many entrepreneurs and wanderers go through some phase where maximizing productivity is a huge challenge. For example, your mind might drift off to Facebook, or you’ll think you can do it later. Second, I’d definitely connect up with specific people within the community of your chosen interest. Plenty of resources and people who help keep you focus, and even at times, hold you accountable. Don’t let your productivity fears hold you back from managing and pursing multiple interests.
Are you a current transient wanderer?
How have you benefited from being a wanderer?
What have been your struggles?
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