Discovering Wanderlust

Wilkerson pass. Panorama.
Wilkerson Pass, Colorado, at dusk.

“The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.”- Jack London.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

An overwhelming sense of calm and of  in nature.

The deep seeded feeling of excitement on the way to a new destination.

A childlike inquisitiveness when you experience a new taste, sight, sound or culture.

Nights spent up all night talking about the universe, religion, mankind, travel, and the future.

If you’ve reached this page, it’s almost inevitable that you have experienced feelings and moments like these at some point in your life. Personally I experienced and dismissed the feeling over and over again growing up, not understanding just how much an element of my life it would become.  Wanderlust, simply defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “a strong desire to travel”; or furthered in the Cambridge Dictionary as “the wish to travel far away and to many different places,” is a spark of an idea that hastily turns into a inextinguishable flame.

If wandering is a part of your soul, it’s hard to imagine a life spent doing anything else. It changes your mentality, your financial planning, the type of jobs you consider, the hobbies you pursue. It deepens, awakens, excites, and calms you all at the same time. You advance as an individual, constantly experiencing  various culinary, linguistic, religious, and cultural differences. You’re awestruck and humbled by the natural and architectural wonders of the world, and are left grateful, appreciative, and a little kinder from experiencing the struggles of those you encounter across the nation and globe.

It’s a beautiful experience. It isn’t always easy. As with everything in life, nothing goes as planned. Wandering can leave you emotionally, mentally, and physically exhausted. It can be extremely overwhelming at times. But so is life in general.

“You will always have some excuse not to live your life.” -Chuck Palahniuk

There are no truer words than those. The world presents us with an unlimited amount of distraction on a daily basis. There’s always more money to be made, something new to be bought or upgraded. There’s always a bigger house, faster car. Take it from me personally. A life lead making money to spend on things that will break down, rust, fall apart, or be obsolete in 2 months is pretty vacuous. Not to say that technology and certain amenities of life don’t have their place. (I say that as I finalize this post from an Imac with a Lgv20 and Ipad mini by my side). But the pursuit of these things, while blinded to the world around us leads to a superficial and emotionally unfulfilling future.

Which leads us here. My story on display for anyone who will listen. I can no longer desire the Wanderlust that daily consumes me. So I choose to embrace it instead. It’s going to take some effort to adjust my life to be free enough to travel daily. Currently I work in the service industry and am beginning a freelance photography business focusing on small businesses and brand/product promotion. I’m a normal person who faces the same financial burden and struggle as the rest of the world. I believe in kindness, and the power of dedication. This blog is representative of my successes, failures, travels, and growth as an individual. It is my hope that it will also serve as a source of encouragement to wanderers locally and around the world. It won’t always be mind-blowing and charming, but it will always be 100% honest and sincere. Ideally, a year from now this blog  will serve as a form of reflection on my development as a visual artist, a portrait photographer, a full-time traveler, and a novice blogger. Most importantly a year from now it is my hope to have inspired you to embrace, renew or continue your pursuit of Wanderlust.

Thank you sincerely for your interest in my journey.

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Sincerely,

Davron Bowman and the Developing Team

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