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Category: Peculiar Ponderences

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Destination sickness

noun  |  des·ti·na·tion·sick·ness


:the state of experiencing a longing for the next destination during a period of being anywhere but there

We often hear of people being homesick. It is a term used by many who are away from home for any length of time; be it for travel, college, military service, or any number of other reasons. I suffer from the opposite. I suffer from destination sickness.

When Bill and I are on a trip and it comes close to the time when we must return home, sadness begins to set in. Often I have been in tears while we are on our journey home. This was especially the case as our Epic Adventure came to an end. Being on the road for nearly a month – it was the best feeling in the world.

There’s so much to do and see in the world. I just can’t bear working in front of a computer 8 hours a day, 5 days a week in this ongoing, mundane routine with little time to explore and enjoy nature, other cultures, and the world around me. How I long to remain a nomad of the world – taking in new sights and experiences every day. There is nothing more I wish for.

For now it is a dream I strive for – maybe one day it will come true!

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Each day anew

Every day is a new day, never like any other. Every sunrise and the sky it paints is different. The colors may be similar, but each detail is different. The timing, the location, the clouds, the presence or lack of contrails, the presence or lack of foul flying through the sky – all different from day to day. And each day starting anew. Take each day as a new beginning and make the most of each and every moment!

My hope is to make the most of 2018 and share Monday Morning Mantras every week. Watch for them here, and on Instagram (@meanderingmoo).

Today’s mantra: “Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it.” – Eckhart Tolle


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Wander List

People always talk about their Bucket Lists. I have decided not to make a Bucket List, but a Wander List. Similar idea, but less morbid in my mind. This list is subject to frequent updates. Stay tuned.

  1. Visit all of the continents (still have Africa, South America, and Antarctica to go)
  2. See a Narwhal in the wild
  3. Go on an African Safari
  4. See the Horizontal Falls in Kimberley, Australia
  5. Visit Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
  6. Straddle the Equator in Ecuador
  7. See the Berlin Wall (what’s left of it, anyway)
  8. Walk on the Great Wall of China
  9. Visit Machu Picchu
  10. Experience the Northern Lights
  11. Stay at Skylodge Adventure Suites
  12. Stay in a glass igloo in Finland
  13. Visit the Salvador Dalí House in Portlligat
  14. See la Sagrada Família
  15. See a volcano erupting
  16. Visit all 59 of the United States National Parks (I’ve been to 27.)
  17. See the Pyramids of Giza
  18. Visit Petra in Jordan
  19. Visit the Athenian Acropolis
  20. See the Terracotta Army in China
  21. Watch the wild horses on the Assateague Island National Seashore
  22. Go on a sunset camel trek in Broome, Australia
  23. Visit all 50 states and their capitol buildings

Happiness is Escaping

I am happiest when I am away from home. My mind is at ease and the stress of life melts away. Technology is not at the forefront of everyday activities and I am able to explore and learn new things. Conversations are more thoughtful and not focused on the day to day tasks and happenings of work and life.

A friend once asked Bill and I why we are gone so much – why we don’t get out and enjoy our local community more. I think the best answer is that we (or at least I) am far more relaxed if I am away from home and surrounded by new places and things to explore. Being out of my element helps keep my mind off everything that needs to be done and the dynamics involved in “everyday” life. I must get away to truly relax and be at peace.

Travel is my baby

Bill and I have a reputation for taking interesting and exciting trips. So when we meet new people, it is no surprise that our love for travel is a popular topic of conversation. Often, at the end of these discussions comes the question “Do you have children?” and the answer is always “No, and we do not plan to have any.” I also tend to include my mantra “Travel is my baby.”

Growing up I always envisioned myself having children. It wasn’t until my high school years that I decided motherhood was not for me. This was shortly after I started dating my now husband, and traveled overseas for the first time (to Australia as a People to People Student Ambassador).

I started traveling when I was just a “baby” myself (around 5 or 6 years old) – I flew with my mom to visit my aunt in Texas. I continued to fly down almost every summer, flying by myself for the first time at age 9. I still love the feeling of the acceleration and freedom upon take off. Although I do have to wear EarPlanes so I do not end up crying like the little kids on the plane – I always feel so bad for them.

Welcome to my adventures. Please place your seat back in its upright position, stow your tray table, adjust your seatbelt, sit back, and enjoy the ride!

Choose Your Own Adventure

Coincidentally (or maybe fate as some might say), today came around full circle. This morning I was thinking I should blog about how life is truly choose your own adventure. Like the books, but REAL LIFE. Our lives are the true adventure. Each one unique, just like the individual they belong to. And within our grand adventures we choose, every moment of every day, of every week, of every month, of every year, we choose. Some choices are good, some bad. Some big, some small. Some for others, some for ourselves. But each and every choice is one of the building blocks in our own adventure.

As for the full circle part of the day, this evening I watched “The Choice” (not purposely, as I did not actually make the final decision to watch that amongst the other movies that were discussed). The movie reinforced my early morning thoughts – life is choices. I leave you with two quotes from the movie: “Life’s held together by choices… if you sit still it could pass you by altogether.” and “Every path you take leads to another choice, and some choices can change everything.”

Choose wisely.

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