Wonder and Wander

Wonder. Wander.

You don’t always need to know where you’re going. Sometimes it’s better if you don’t.

You don’t need a map with a finite final destination. Sometimes a compass to guide you is more than enough.

You shouldn’t always surround yourself with people you’re comfortable with. Sometimes the best company can be found in a complete stranger.

We walk through life doing what we think is right. What we think is best. What we think we’re supposed to.

But more time should be spent exploring. More time should be spent tapping into our curiosity. More time should be spent getting totally and completely lost in ourselves, our ideas, and our dreams.

Walk down a street you’ve never been down. You may be surprised at what you see.

Strike up a conversation with a stranger sitting next to you. You may be surprised at what you learn.

Because the best things we create – for ourselves – and for the world – rarely are forged from a carefully articulated plan. Rather, our best ideas – our greatest impact – is often grounded in curiosity.

Ask. Learn. Try. Create. Do. Wonder. Wander.

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Sharmila November 8, 2012 at 8:46 am

Wise words all, sir. Striking up conversations with strangers is a difficult thing to do. But some times it’s easier than talking to friends. Because I don’t have friends like F.R.I.E.N.D.S

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Michael Peggs November 8, 2012 at 11:17 am

Life requires flexibility and knowing whats in store can sometimes restrict the spontaneity of the unexpected. It’s good to plan, but it’s even better to live!

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Matt Cheuvront November 9, 2012 at 3:49 am

Agreed. Life requires some level of practicality and preparation, but not at the risk of neglecting to learn, explore, and try new things. Cheers!

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Berrak November 8, 2012 at 1:19 pm

I love that quote. This is why I am really excited about my move, as well as the drive, to Seattle. My best friend lives in a suburb of Seattle and while I have ‘family’ out there, I cannot wait to explore the city on my own.

It’s going to be a jump-start to my inspiration. I just know it.

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Matt Cheuvront November 9, 2012 at 3:48 am

I agree…traveling and being in new places – wandering without a “set plan” – does wonders for inspiration. Best to you for the upcoming move. Now I just need to get myself out to Seattle to visit!

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Jessica Malnik November 8, 2012 at 9:40 pm

This is rock solid advice, Matt. It’s advice I really needed to hear right now.

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Matt Cheuvront November 9, 2012 at 3:47 am

Thanks, Jessica! Glad it resonated with you! :)

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Devina Divecha November 10, 2012 at 11:24 pm

This post totally resonated with me. I’m on a very steady path right now, but I when I get a chance to travel, explore and just be free, it’s addictive. The image you’ve used is something I truly believe in as well.
And yes, many of us go through the motions doing what we think we’re meant to… and this is true in some cultures more than others. In my sub-continental culture for example, the emphasis is often on doing what we’re supposed to, what’s expected. The younger generation, starting perhaps from mine (give or take 5-10 years) is not going with that idea anymore. We’re looking to do what’s best for us – and it’s hard when facing opposing pressure. Need posts like these to remind us that sometimes we have to meet that pressure head on.

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Kurt Bleach November 12, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Great content here and I agree with you completely. I feel meeting new people is easier when you are by yourself in an unfamiliar area. This tends to make conversations with strangers more interesting and a lot of the times you hear from them something you never thought you would. I also agree that certain things done without a plan tend to be more fun because it offers a more adventurous feel from the the uncertainty factor.

I am at a place in my life where I feel a little lost, but I understand that this it okay. Thanks for the insights!

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Clay November 12, 2012 at 1:53 pm

That’s so true, traveling helps me keep my mind open and widen my perspectives. My mantra is to “Live Life Wide”, travel and constant curiosity are a great part of it.
I just discovered your blog, good job!

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paul November 19, 2012 at 2:35 pm

I spent three months doing this around the US and Canada this year — hitting up new cities, with zero plans and no schedule. It was a helluva lot of fun too.

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Rebekah Hoeger January 6, 2013 at 7:50 pm

I’d really just like to quote this entire post. Very well said. Thank you for the wisdom.

Rebekah

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