“Not all those who wand…

“Not all those who wander are lost.” J.R.R. Tolkien

When was the last time you lived a nomadic lifestyle where you were constantly on the move with scarcely a moment to rest your head in the increasingly familiar place you fondly referred to as home? A good guess would likely revolve around the last time you moved from one place to another. Perhaps it was moving out of your parent's house when you left for college or when you finished college and moved based on a (hopefully) a great job. Or, if you have no roots, maybe you ARE a nomad and you call is your home!

Whether you are a nomad or a not, the key is to be content with the lifestyle you lead. If you are always living out of a suitcase as you hop from place to place out of necessity, and not choice, you are likely to feel unhappy and continually uprooted. Of course if you choose to be a nomad and staying in one place for too long feels icy hands around your neck that slowly squeeze the life out of you well that is equally discomforting as being an forced nomad.

Living the good life, however you define it, needs to revolve around choice. All of us are conditioned to want control over our own lives and being able to have it allows us freedom--why else did you rebel against your parents? It isn't always easy to be in full command since love, family, friends, jobs (ahem, MONEY) and other desires/circumstances impact your life's direction but what is? Seize control, wield the power whenever you have it since you never know when, or for how long, you'll be somewhere.

If you're like me, you want the best of both worlds so hopefully you have opportunities to be a temporary nomad while always having a home to go back to---if you're lucky. I think Tolkien understands me but if you're like my wife, who does not prefer the nomadic life, you'll probably connect more with following sentiments:

“Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.”Cesare Pavese

Be you Kwai Chang Caine or Mr. Rogers, all the best on your journey!

 

Exercise log:
6:30am - 5.25 mile run with Lex (downtown Hburg)

Fantasy

"All fantasy should have a solid base in reality." Max Beerbohm

Where is your favorite personal fantasy destination? Is it a vacation of the mind that explores the depths of your thoughts and desires or is it an actual place located in the physical world? The opportunities are literally endless since fantasy is not limited to the capabilities of your imagination but also the imaginations of J.R.R. Tolkien, of Daniel Okrent, of Quentin Tarantino, of Stephen Hawking, of your mother or ANYONE!

Fantasy is defined as "the faculty or activity of imagining impossible or improbable things" but it encapsulates much more. Is it impossible and improbable to take a weekend vacation or to actually get your dream job after college or  meet the girl of your dreams? Not all these things are necessarily likely but they are by no means simply fantasy. Real life CAN and does have elements of fantasy that leaves people asking themselves if something is really happening, if that they must be dreaming or proclaiming that something is too good to be true. Sometimes it actually IS happening, they AREN'T dreaming and it IS true.

Unfortunately, truly fantastical moments can be few and far between which serves to make them that much sweeter when they occur. There is no need to lower expectations for what is deemed worthy of being called fantasy. You will certainly recognize it when you see it so keep your eyes open and allow yourself to be ready for those fleeting moments.

There is an every day sort of fantasy that allows you to be transported temporarily out of the doldrums of daily life  (literature, movies, tv shows fantasy sports, music etc.) but it isn't the same. Unlike what Max Beerbohm says, fantasy should not be rooted in reality. True fantasy should be so out of this world that it questions whether it is even real? Freddy Mercury and company certainly knew this to be true...

Is this the real life?
Is this just fantasy?
Caught in a landslide
No escape from reality
Open your eyes
Look up to the skies and see...

 

Exercise log:
3 mile run

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