By now, even if you haven’t actually read Lord of the Rings, you’ve seen the quote, “Not all those who wander are lost.” Yes, that quote, the one that every traveler likes to put up on their Pinterest and Twitter accounts. However irritating it can be to see that phrase for the umpteenth time, it still rings true for good reason – not all those who wander are lost. Many are just on a journey.
Even if you are lost, what is so inherently bad about that? If you think about it, getting lost is actually quite a fun adventure. We love to get lost in our own thoughts and daydreams.
But good or bad, being lost is a temporary state. No matter how far you go, you will always end up at a destination. Perhaps it won’t be the destination that you were intending- often the destinations in life never are – but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t where you are supposed to be.
Although we would like it to be, life isn’t effortless. It is a series of trials, shut downs, failures, and successes, and these states are what cause us to lose and regain our footing. Regardless, every step you take whether it be forwards, backwards or diagonally, you are moving. And by moving you are going somewhere.
So in the end you have never really lost your way. You are just taking a new direction. You are moving. You are changing. You are becoming.
And then one day, you will be found.