I want to share something about myself with you. Sometimes, this sudden gripe of anxiety takes hold of me. I feel as though I’m wasting my life. Or my opportunity on this earth.
It starts with this feeling of being overwhelmed: there is so much knowledge to be gained, so many books to read, so many people to meet and places to visit. Yet, my life tends to revolve around a strict, defined routine: I wake up the same time, jump on the same train, walk up the same road, buy my lunch from the same few places, return home at the same time, cook the same old dinner and then sleep in the same bed.
For the most part, this routine provides comfort and nullifies any conscious examination of my day-to-day life. However, occasionally some external stimuli creates perturbations. It may be from talking to someone about their holiday to a place I have never been or heard of. Other times, it could be from watching a nature documentary in a far-away island.
Whilst I sit typing away in grey London, there are parts of this world that I have yet to see and will most likely never visit, even though I can. Isn’t that sad? There is nothing stopping me from just dedicating the rest of my life to exploring the world around me. But the gravitational pull of the status quo keeps me typing away. Alas.
Putting that to one side, here are 16 collaborative poems made on HaikuJAM that may tip you over the edge and make you jump on the first flight to anywhere!
“Explore with no purpose beyond exploration”
“Life doesn’t have to be this way”
“I need to get away”
“Let’s go to a place where phones don’t roam”
“It’s all about the views”
“Good wine and better conversation”
“I’d love to go back to that time where…”
“To escape this jungle made of concrete and glass”
“We deserve better than this”
“Getting lost is just another way of saying going exploring”
“Watch out for those falling coconuts”
“Took my chances on a big jet plane”
“The mountains are calling and I must go”
“Not all those who wander are lost”
16) “But at the end of the day, home remains home”
That said, having wanderlust doesn’t require us to leave behind our whole life and start something new on the other side of the planet. In our everyday life, we often see travel as being of instrumental value: it helps us get somewhere to do something. But what about simply deriving more pleasure in the very act of travel? Maybe we should start to use travel as an opportunity to move off the well-beaten path, see a part of the city previously unseen, and uncover one more of the many mysteries that shape the world around us.
As Siddartha points out: “When someone seeks, then it easily happens that his eyes see only the thing that he seeks, and he is able to find nothing, to take in nothing because he always thinks only about the thing he is seeking, because he has one goal, because he is obsessed with his goal. Seeking means: having a goal. But finding means: being free, being open, having no goal.”