Wander to Awaken

Wander to Awaken

by Lauren Taub Cohen

Tolkien famously wrote,

“Not all those who wander

are lost.”

He almost got it right.

As a wanderer

I crave the

unfamiliar

which elicits

an aliveness

in me

akin to

rhapsodic wonder

and

alerts me

to the restive call

of possibilities.

I am only lost

when stagnant

and my remedy

for such a stuck state

is always…

to wander.

To wander is to learn,

to learn is to discover,

to discover is to

awaken to one’s

unforeseen potential.

I say, “ A wanderer

is never lost, and

there is no such thing

as making

a wrong turn.”