So you’re probably wondering – What does fernweh mean? No one seems to know the meaning of fernweh or how to pronounced it! Honestly I was surprised because I thought it was such a unique name and sounded pretty! But now I’m realizing not everyone is as obsessed with travel words as I am 😛 So I thought I would share with anyone who didn’t know what fernweh means and explain why I chose the name – The Fernweh Wolf!
So what does Fernweh mean?
Pronounced: Fern – weh – a crave for travel; being homesick for places you’ve never been.
I chose Fernweh because I don’t think there is a better word for how I feel about travelling. I’ve always been a dreamer. I am extremely good at fantasizing about places in my head and I get such an attachment to them. Even places I’ve never been I can imagine myself living there. Exploring the streets, drinking coffee in cafes, enjoying a beautiful view of the city or nature. Fernweh is a longing for places you’ve never been, a crave for the movement to be home in a city you’ve never seen or felt before. I think fernweh is a beautiful world as well, something that sounds feminine and elegant.
I can’t tell you how many times I have fallen in love with cities I’ve never been to, forests I’ve never walked through or mountains I’ve never climbed. Everyday I fall for somewhere new and dream about the life I could have there. The feeling of walking through an unknown world feeds my soul. Knowing one day I will touch another piece of Earth gives me an unmatched happiness that is hard to explain.
Now For Wolf:
As for wolf, since I was little I have been obsessed with wolves. Everything about them mesmerizes me. They are loyal and fierce, beautiful and dangerous, they are extremely strong with their pack but have the strength to be alone. Everything in their nature resonates with me.
Wolves connect us to our primal selves. When you see a wolf you’re reminded of how we used to be. Having a connection with something from the wild reminds us that we used to be wild as well. That we used to explore and move and be apart of nature. Wolves mirror us in a way. Their bonds with family is strong, they take care of each other and learn from one another.
You can’t tame wolves. Even if you think you have them domesticated they will still be miserable inside because they are meant to be wild. They need the freedom. Dogs were bred for a reason and while I am a canine person and love animals more than I can explain, you cannot turn a wolf into a dog. It’s against their nature. And I guess that resonates with me even more. We are told to get a job, buy a house, have kids, get a nice car.. Which are all great. But they can’t feed your soul like travelling and exploring does. For me it’s natural to wander, I’ve never fit in but I like to think I wasn’t meant to 🙂
Why did I choose this name?
It only felt natural to combines my two favourite words to create what you now know as
The Fernweh Wolf.
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