Do you wander or wonder?


wan·der (wŏn′dər)

1. to move or travel about without any definite purpose or destination
2. to proceed in an irregular course or to go astray from a path or course
3. (of the mind, thoughts, etc) to lose concentration or direction
4. to think or speak incoherently or illogically


Not all those who wander are lost…

Or so the saying goes.

In a couple of months, I went from being a globetrotter to happily holding myself hostage inside my living room, from where I now work.

Wandering gets you travelling the world and going places. And you meet people, you find cultures, you hear sounds, you smell scents, you see colours. All new. You fall in love and you dance to the rhythm of songs you’ve never heard before. You live life… from the outer part.

Not all those who wander are lost, that’s for sure. But if you wander for too long, the vision of where you’re heading becomes blurred, and you may end up just wandering around. Try to wonder now and then.

Wondering gets you diving deep and going within. And you meet yourself, you understand the culture, you relate the sounds, you rediscover scents, you admire the colours. All renewed. You redefine love, you question and explore, making moves you’ve never tried before. You live life… from the inner part.

I’m not saying you should choose one over the other. Semantically speaking, wander and wonder are not even incompatible. In fact, they can be quite complementary: wandering, when done properly, is supposed to make you wonder.

But, from time to time, it might do you good to stop wandering… and just wonder.


won·der (wŭn′dər)

1. to have a feeling of awe, astonishment, surprise, or admiration
2. to feel curiosity or be in doubt about something
3. to think or speculate curiously and sometimes doubtfully

2 Responses

  1. I love to wander and see what is around the next corner! I also wonder when this pandemic will end and we can return to some normality.

    1. I guess we’re all wondering the same, Caroline. Hopefully, it will be soon enough. Thank you so much for your comment 😉

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