If you’ve been following along for my 2015 intentions then you may have noticed I’m already failing at number 2! Not intentionally though! I’ve been good up until Monday of this week. And then yesterday came and left.
Well honestly NOTHING is what happened. My sheer lack of movement was my downfall. Since this week began I’ve felt slightly …hmmm…”out of it”.
Drawing near to the tail end of what is know in my volunteer world as “lockdown”, I literally feel like a potato.
“Lock down”, better known as Community Integration, are the first 2.5 months when a volunteer is expected to stay at their site and familiarize themselves with the community, its people and resources. It is expected that we only leave our sites twice a month to visit our “shopping village” for food and banking.
I’ve never stayed in one place for so long since being bitten by the travel bug. For a minute my inner thoughts had me believing I was depressed.
But nope…the problem is WANDERLUST!
It is definitely a disease and what I am experiencing are the symptoms.
Syptoms include: restlessness, insomnia, overeating, constantly checking for flight deals, weight gain, stalking Pinterest & Instagram travel feeds, drawing pictures of airplanes, headache due to lack of fresh cultural stimulation, and nightmares of being stuck in one place.
Not the best disease to have when you made the committed to volunteers in a country for 2 years.
After January 31st however, my ability to move around Botswana “freely” will commence.
(Cue sigh of relief)
This day will hopefully bring a necessary sense of calm and relief at the notion that I’ll finally be able to explore the country.
Wanderlust is a disease and it can only be treated by more travel. Yes the problem is traveling AND the solution is to continue to travel.
So fear not my travel bugs you are not depressed ( maybe you are, please seek professional health if you are!), but recognizing the symptoms and side-effects of stifled wanderlust is key!
The only thing that is keeping me going, aside from blogging, is exercise!
Hope this revelation helps to save some lives this year!
Do you suffer from Wanderlust?
Let me know in the comments below!
See you tomorrow. No seriously!