If 2014 were to have a quote of the year, it would be J.R.R. Tolkien’s: “Not all who wander are lost.” This little inspiration quote was everywhere this past year, despite the fact that it’s a misquote.
The line is part of a poem, “Riddle of Strider” from Lord of the Rings. The poem, or riddle, was written by Bilbo about Aragorn to explain Aragorn’s hidden or masked importance in the world. Aragorn, who has claim to the throne of Gondor, isn’t what he appears to many, including a wanderer, but that he has the power to change the world.
Out of context, however, the quote gives hope to those who are doubtful or those who appear lost and that, eventually, they will find a way.
Why, though, in 2014, has this become so important to so many?
I’m currently wrapping up my Bachelor’s degree, and I am sometimes filled with doubt. I’m apparently not alone in this feeling. Many articles have been written in recent years that reflect an uncertainty in millennials.
Less millennials are getting married because many grew up with divorced parents. Less millennials, at least in Vancouver, are purchasing homes and are opting to rent their home instead. More millennials are seeking graduate degrees because of the uncertainty and the competitiveness in the market. More millennials are experimenting with their sexuality and are feeling more open to it. More are choosing to travel after high school before starting university. Many of us will be changing our careers a few times, if we haven’t already.
Maybe this quote has always been a source of inspiration for those encountering uncertainty. Only these days, social media has made this quote en vogue.
Many millennials may appear lost, but like Strider, we do have the power to change the world. Whether this change will be for good or for bad, that will be known only to the generation that follows us.
So to all those wanderers out there, wander on!