What does your wandering look like?
For the last few years I've moved about once a year—so I know I'm currently in the "gypsy-mode" of self discovery. Along with the house moves, I save up and go on at least one big sojourn a year, as well as a few small trips to places that only take about a day to drive to. My journeys are driven by artistic development—like staying in a French chateau to study under my favorite illustrator!!; following spiritual pursuits like attending Burning Man-type festivals and the Fairy & Human Relations Congress (yep); and following intuitions about needing to visit a certain place for some unknown reason.
Do you have a favorite place? If so, where and why?
My favorite place to return to has become the Pacific Northwest, specifically the coast of Oregon. The voice of the land is so strong there—the enormous trees and gorgeous landscape affect me so much that I feel like I'm always thinking about them even when I'm back in the Midwest (this could also be my inner voice telling me where to relocate!). And I love that the land there has seemed to inspire the people & communities living there to work in conscious harmony with nature—more so than in other areas of the country.
What drives you? What does it mean to be a wandering woman?
Wandering seems to be THE way of life. Everything moves in cycles, change is the only constant, and I'm no different. I NEED to go off for awhile to break out of my mental cave before I begin to stagnate. I need the freshness of new landscapes, new experiences, new people. It's important for me to listen to my body and soul to hear where I need to be during specific periods in my life and in each season. Wandering is expanding your sense of who you are by embracing new experiences and landscapes. It's setting out to connect with fellow travelers to share our gifts and enrich each other's lives.
What's the journey you haven't taken but need to take?
A journey exploring the Southwest and generous time in the desert is long overdue. I've been dreaming about the desert for a few years now, had a few precious days in Joshua Tree last fall, but I know there's more to be discovered for me there.
Do you have a favorite book/song/artwork about wandering, or another wanderer you can share?:
"We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exlporing
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time."
—from T.S. Eliot's "Four Quartets"
"The journey itself is home."
All artwork copyright Grace Ng Dung, 2016.