Wandering, wonder and careers
All those who wander may be lost, and that is ok
“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.”
―J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
These immortal lines from Tolkien gave all wanderers some solace. Wandering is about experimentation, discovery, and charting own paths. Often it comes with a pang of guilt. Are we just drifting along, we wonder. So much change is happening around us. It is unnerving to feel lost, but it is common, especially if you are creative and unconventional.
Take Caro, our community member from Oxford as an example. She read law at Cambridge, applied philosophy at Oxford and is now building a platform that combines social change, ethics, and entrepreneurship. Take a look at her vision.
The dots connect in an unorthodox way. That’s adventurous but can also be confusing if we analyze careers as linear ladders. Today’s newsletter is in praise of wandering. If you are wandering and feel lost, that’s ok. In fact, more than ok. It might be what you need to do to figure out what you want to do with your life.