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Episode 7 : Wanderer
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Hey everyone, it’s Candace Rusling with Monk & Mills and you are listening to Live An Unapologetically Bold Life. Today I’m talking to the wanderers, the drifters, the dreamers, the people that feel like they’re on a little bit of a longer journey, and who haven’t quite figured out where their destination is yet. We’re going to break it down into bite-sized pieces. We’re going to figure out what a wanderer is. Why it’s actually a good thing. And how to use that personality type to fuel your future. So grab a pen, grab your coffee, a notepad, and let’s sit down to figure it out.
What is a wanderer?
Well, it’s really exactly what it sounds. It’s someone who wanders. And I don’t mean outside in a field of daisies and through the forest, although that would be glorious. A wanderer is more in the aspect of looking for life’s path or trying to figure out what you’re meant to do, who you’re meant to be. Sometimes, we call them Jack of all trades, and then comes the negative connotation of master of none.
I like to think of it more as someone who samples, someone who is willing to try, is willing to risk finding a new adventure. A wanderer is someone who is searching, searching for what truly sets their soul on fire. A wanderer is someone who is not willing to settle at something that feels just okay. A lot of people feel uncomfortable with the idea of seeking greatness, of being more than average. A lot of people think that you come out of university or you come out of high school, and you find that one thing that you’re pretty good at, and people say you’re good at it, and maybe your professor or your parents or a friend is like, “You should do that”. And you’re like, “Yeah. Okay, cool. I’m pretty good at this. I’ll do that,” but a little piece of you thinks, what else is out there?
There is more
Well, wanderers are the people who are just that tiny bit brave and decide, “Well, I’m not willing to settle. I’m not willing to stop and do what I’m just okay at”. Someone who wanders is someone who believes that there is more, that there is greatness to be achieved.
Now, there are also two types of wanderers. The first type is probably the most common. That’s the people who don’t actually realize that they’re doing this for a greater purpose. It’s the people who have been told time and time again that they are just not focused or that they just can’t settle down. It’s the people who really look at it in a negative way. Then the second type are the people who embrace the wanderer. Who believe that they are on the right track and who know that with each thing they try. They’re just getting closer and closer to what they’re truly meant to be doing without thinking that it’s up to fate or it’s up to dharma. They’re just figuring out what the throughline is.
Let’s tackle why being a wanderer is actually pretty awesome.
Why is being a wanderer actually a really good thing?
You get this opportunity to explore, to try every single thing you’ve ever wanted to try and figure out what you love the most.
So often, people come out of school, and they get a job right away in the field that they’ve trained for. They settle into that career, and suddenly you’re in your mid-20s and you realize that you’re going to be doing this exact career for the next 40 years. And while there’s growth within it, it can feel a little bit daunting when you look at it that way. And then a lot of people take that career and get into a routine and get into a habit and then start to build a family and have children, and suddenly you’ve forgotten how to wander at all.
So the healthy thing to do is have this career that you’ve trained for and then go out and explore in other aspects of your life and to have hobbies and to travel and to experience different things that fulfill that need to wander and grow. That’s what keeps you happy in a single career path. Wandering doesn’t mean that you’re jumping from career to career. That’s not the only way to look at it.
Try it all
Now, a wanderer who doesn’t know their destination as far as having a specific career, this is a really interesting opportunity to try, try every single thing. And at the very end of it, all of those experiences are going to help you grow, are going to educate you, are going to make you more aware of what you actually love to do. Most people who wander end up finding out that all of the things they’ve tried have a common thread, and it’s actually the common thread that is what you end up doing for the rest of your working days.
Sometimes you need someone to help point out that common thread, and we are actually going to dive into that on Friday over on YouTube — how to figure out the through line. But for today, just know that being a wanderer can be such a positive aspect of your life. Even if you’ve found a career that makes you sing out from the top of mountains, you still need to wander in other aspects of who you are.
So, tell me.
Are you a wanderer like me? I’d love to hear about it. Let’s connect. You can find me anywhere on the internet @monkandmills, and of course, make sure you subscribe to this channel where we drop little tiny truth bombs helping us get towards living our biggest and best bold life yet.
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