For the Wanderer

Why is it that we think that we need to have it all figured out by the time we're 25? Or younger even. I was talking with a sweet girl in one of my classes who is 19...NINETEEN YOU GUYS, and she was freaking out about getting into grad school next year and progressing in her career as an SLP as soon as humanly possible. I admire her ambition, but she talked about doing nothing but school her entire life up through this point. She spoke about sacrificing relationships, memories, and laughter so that she could hurry up and "figure it out" - whatever that even really means. Umm, news flash, when I was 19 I was the epitome of a hot mess. I had little to no direction and I was lucky to get out the door wearing the same shoes on both feet every morning. Honestly.

As a child, I pictured my 25 year old self a lot different than how I actually am now (and I'm 26 for the record). I imagined being married (hey I got one!), driving my kids to soccer practice in my red convertible, and coming home to my white picket fence-lined suburban home to have dinner on the table promptly by 6:30. HA HA HA. Oh my naive younger self.

Little did I know that at 26 I would still be a wanderer. Not quite sure where I'm going or exactly how I'm going to end up there. Or if I even have a specific "there." Maybe my there isn't anchored in one set spot. I think I'll always be somewhat of a wanderer. And I'm totally okay with that. Because my life is full of love. It's full of laughter. It's full of adventure. I'm never bored. Or unmotivated for what's to come.

This one is for you - the wanderer.

To remind you that it's okay to not have it all figured out.
It's okay to take it day by day.
It's okay if your plan doesn't play out quite how you imagined it.
It's okay to be different than the majority.
It's okay to create your own way.
It's okay to change your mind.
It's okay to explore.
It's okay to veer of the original path.

As long as you are happy, full of love, seeking/pursuing your purpose, and living your best life then guess what? You are doing it right. You are exactly where you need to be. So embrace your wandering soul. Live. Explore. Pursue this. Pursue that. Be shamelessly in love with every moment of every day. Wander proudly, my friends.

xo, Jess



  1. I don't think there's necessarily a pinpoint "there" in life...I think we have lots of "there"s! AKA moments when we say, "this is it, I've made it." Love this, gf.

  2. I've been thinking about this concept too. Your blog post brought to mind the question, why are we in such a hurry to get "there?" I believe we are here for a purpose, and that purpose is to love--love God, love others, and love the earth--and we should do all we can to do that. Where does hurrying up to get married or in a career we think we want or to have the prettiest things come into play? You know?

    Just a thought this fine Tuesday morning.


    1. I couldn't have said it better myself! LOVE is the mission and the purpose. So true!


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