The Enigmatic Lone Traveler

𝐖𝐡𝐨 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐞𝐥𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞? 𝐀𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐡𝐲 𝐝𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐝𝐨 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐝𝐨?

Let’s talk about the original lone ranger, that enigmatic creature who’s very existence depends upon the open boarders of the uncharted. The person who spends his life wandering from town to town, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐧𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐝!

Awe yes, the illusive nomad, we long to know 𝐰𝐡𝐲 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐨 𝐢𝐭, 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐡𝐞 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰, 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐢𝐬 𝐡𝐞? What drives this perpetual traveler to this solitary existence destined to roam the earth for all eternity? And further more, why are we so drawn to it?

What is it exactly that is so appealing about this lifestyle? Is it DNA memory of a forgotten time when migrating was intertwined with our very existence? As a race we humans start to feel angsty when cupped up. We begin to feel like we are missing out on something, that there is more to this world.

Enter the nomad, the wanderer, the drifter, the perpetual traveler. Indeed through out the years peoples reasons for nomadism have changed, evolved (or devolved) depending on how you look at it. Originally all humans lived a pastoral nomadic life migrating with the seasons in search for food as a way of survival. As we developed pasteurization the nomad slowly began to shift to the trader. The original entrepreneur who made his fortune through travel and buying and selling goods. These nomads were crucial to our development inevitably spreading the cultures and customs of others. This trader type of nomad, morphed into the modern day traveling sales man, the door to door dictionary salesman have you will. Other nomads stayed nomada such as gypsy type cultures who live a nomadic existence due to the mere fact that they have always lived this type of existence. In the earlier 20th century the term nomad took on a dirogitory thought. They conjured up feelings of the the drifter, the hobo, the tramp, that person who hops trains and travels to hide from the law or to avoid work. Images of the clown faces hobo holding a bundle stuff come to mind. Personally I like to think of the nomad as one who chooses this lifestyle in order to gain self knowledge. To learn from others and use that knowledge to spread culture and come to their own enlightenment. Someone who knows you have to be alone in a new place to really understand life and where you fit into it.

The nomadic lifestyle is making a come back. The new generation looks upon these wanderers of antiquity with reverence. They long for that lifestyle. However on the flip side we envy the nomad because we are too scared to venture out on our own. We’ve been taught to stay still, that there is safety in the stagnant. It’s the “Don’t go into the woods” mentality that’s been indoctrinated into our psyche, trying to stamp out our innate desire or need to wander. However there is still that flicker, that light in the back of our mind that says go, see, do. We long for the hero’s journey of antiquity. Odysseus on his ship or Hercules saving the day from town to town. We don’t know how or why but we miss it, we need it. It’s the very definition of wanderlust. We dream and imagine what it will be like, if and when, we decide to throw caution to the wind and wander this world for ourselves.

Whatvare your thoughts on the nomadic lifestyle? Is it for you? We would love to hear your thoughts.

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