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On Wandering and Discovering, Part 1: Lessons from the Shire

by Tina Mercado

“Not all those who wander are lost” – J.R.R. Tolkien1

This awesome quote from the Lord of the Rings has resonated deeply with me, speaking volumes about my entire past year in so few words. As a young adult, navigating through this harsh and unforgiving world, fraught with economic uncertainty at every corner, it’s comforting to remember that Frodo, our unlikely little hero, also faced insane calamity and unbeatable odds in his quest to Mordor. Frodo had no choice but to persevere toward his goal little by little, with his soft, small hobbit steps.

We young adults, like the hobbits, must also persevere toward our goals, no matter how bleak the circumstances.

Maybe I’m looking too much into this epic fantasy novel (some might argue that that’s impossible), but I am inclined to say that so much about Frodo’s plight is symbolic of our quests to carve out our career paths despite the dark economic turbulence that cloaks our generation.

If you are one of the many young adults still feeling your way through life and working toward finding your professional footing, don’t despair. As lost as you may feel, take comfort in knowing that as long as you keep moving forward as best as you can, you are going somewhere, even if slowly at first.

“I made a promise, Mr Frodo. A promise. “Don’t you leave him Samwise Gamgee.” And I don’t mean to. I don’t mean to.” – Sam2

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Go Bunny Books is in no way affiliated with Lord of the Rings or J.R.R. Tolkien.

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