I am out on vacation to some semi rural area. The place is nice but don’t have proper transportation. I went to drink sugarcane juice and while the vendor was putting the sugarcanes in the machines, I asked him how to reach a place which is about just 80 kms from here. To my surprise he had no idea. He said I have never gone out of this place. I was shocked to hear this. He was a man in his 50s and hasn’t gone out of this small town even once. I paid him for the juice and walked away.
There is this trend going on social sites with various hashtags like #wanderlust #throwback #travellingislife etc. For many of us exploring new places gives us thrill and at some point a sense of accomplishment. But for that guy, this small town is his whole world. He has spent almost all his life in this small town only and he hadn’t shown a mild sense of regret on his face.
In this ever moving world, some people find their world in their homes only and some never do even when they have traveled the world. Its not about how many places you have visited or explored, its just about where do you felt like home.
Wandering should not be confused with travelling. In one, you are lost while in the another, you are found.