“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J. R. R. Tolkien
I remember sitting down in my early twenties and feeling completely lost. It was as though I was a tourist in my own life. I was living in China at the time, and working at an investment bank as an analyst – a job that I did not completely love – an experience I “fell into”. I found happiness during this time through exploration and travel outside work. I learned Mandarin and immersed myself in the fast life of Shanghai.
I have always felt inclined to try new things, move cities, and experience. As much as I loved to explore, I yearned for a life that was the true reflection of me. I thought that by moving around, I would find a place/ person/ job that would be Dina. My identity would fit like a leather glove – skin-tight.
Reading the J. R. R. Tolkien quote changed my perspective about my life. It took the pressure off “finding” – and so I felt even more inclined to try new things. I didn’t feel like I was ever wasting time. I didn’t feel lost. It didn’t matter if I was building towards an end that was too far in the distance to detect.
My blog is about traveling instead of arriving. It’s about the people, art, cultures, and experiences that I love.
I hope that through reading this, you may find some inspiration to go explore yourself.