By Jas Bhandal
I’m the person in my circle of friends who gets restless every few months and gets this incredible urge to pick up and just go someplace different, just because I can. I guess you could say I’m highly susceptible to wanderlust! In the past few years, I’ve had the pleasure of backpacking through South America, island hopping in Greece, scuba diving in the Galapagos Islands and hanging out at home in India. Friends typically don’t ask ‘how’ I am, they’ll ask ‘where’ I am. I love the freedom of being able to explore new places and hearing so many different stories. Through it all, I’ve realized a few things:
The stories are what connect us.
The more people I speak to, the more I realize that we all want, more or less, the same things in life. We want to be happy, to be surrounded by people who care and to be able to share our stories with others in a meaningful way. Most people are generally proud of their heritage and culture, and absolutely love to connect through it!
Taking a chance is ALWAYS worth avoiding regrets.
How many times have we met someone who says, “I’ll do “x” when I retire,” or “I’ll try “y” when I have enough time/money”? Word to the wise, don’t be THAT person. Let me tell you, I’ve met fellow travellers who were teenagers, others were retired, and some who were finally crossing things off their bucket list. Hearing their stories on what brought them to where they are was always fascinating. Whether it was a want or need, they heeded the voice in the back of their minds and took a chance to go out and explore something outside of their immediate comfort zone. Some of the wildest adventures I’ve had and heard about, all started with someone taking a risk.
Wanderlust enriches all aspects of our lives.
Finally, I would say that a person susceptible to ‘wanderlust’ is not so much addicted to movement, as they are committed to transformation. Every person we connect with, every story we take part in and every new experience we share, leads us to be the person we are at this very moment. If you’re given the opportunity to travel, take it. It has a funny way of rendering us speechless as we process and reflect, and then turns us into storytellers. I’ve always found that every time I come back home after one of my escapades, I relate better to others, I find myself listening to my intuition and using it as a guide, and I find myself more confident in my roles and responsibilities. We begin to see these traits in others as well. People begin to transform in front of our eyes, all because we now see how they are also committed to finding their truth.
I’ll say this: the next time you feel that longing to travel, listen to it! Not only is it a call to refresh and renew, it’s also a time for reflection and transformation. Your body and soul know what they need. We just need to take the time to pay attention.
Commit to transformation. Commit to being your best self. Because only when you are at your best and your cup is full, can you meaningfully share your gifts with others.
Jas Bhandal is Director of Innovation with Nurtured Life and one of our lead Yoga Instructors. Jas is an RYT 500 with over 15 years’ of experience. She takes on a holistic approach to teaching and has developed a lifestyle and practice centred around mindfulness. She believes that life is meant to be lived with joy, gratitude, and a dedication to being present and uses these elements to help her students connect to themselves and their communities.