By: Megan Wordsworth, Guest Blogger
“All those who wander are not lost” is my best friends favorite quote. I never really paid too much attention to the meaning until yesterday when I heard it on the radio. I realized how true that phrase really is. As humans we all wander, we all drift, and we all stray. Our path is never perfectly straight (Oh, how I wish it was!), but it is in those moments of wandering that we find ourselves. In fact, we often feel that we should be on a straight path (which I might add is society’s belief), but that is not the case. It is on the curved paths that we find out who we are as people; it is also when we discover how strong we really are.
I know for me the time I spent in treatment for my eating disorder was miserable, and not on my itinerary for my life. I wanted to finish college in four years, get a wonderful internship, and move to a big city and find my dream job. Needless, to say that did not happen! Instead, I spent two semesters in Denver recovering from the disorder. It was not the most pleasant experience and at the time I felt so ashamed of myself. Now, I see that it was in those four months I had an opportunity of a lifetime. I had the time, away from school, to learn about myself. I was able to witness the world in motion, without distractions at home.
The world will always try to tell you that you aren’t on the “right” path, but it isn’t true. No two people are the same, which means that no two paths are the same. There are no rules that say you have to finish school in four years, get married at a certain age, or anything else you feel pressured to do. It’s ok to wander, to explore, to dream. In fact, I firmly believe that you will enjoy life even more after exploring. Life isn’t supposed to be an easy to accomplish check off list, instead it is a beautiful gift that needs to be opened and appreciated.
So next time you start to compare your life with someone else’s or just feel completely lost, take the time to look back at your life and see how far you have come as a person and use that as a compass to see what you are capable of in the future.
It's a great and powerful reminder to appreciate the look and feel of the path you're on and not get caught up in pushing yourself in a direction that does not feel authentic to you. Remember: it's YOUR journey and no one else's, make it count!
Megan is a student in the Honors Communication program at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington, with the hope of gaining a career in the Entertainment Industry. As Vice-President of the North Carolina chapter of Project Heal, Megan is on a mission to spread positive body awareness. She has also worked as a background actor on the sets of Revenge, One Tree Hill, Under the Dome, Sleepy Hollow, and Nicholas Sparks’ The Longest Ride. She spends her free time baking delicious gluten free treats and watching reruns of her favorite show, One Tree Hill.