When I found the word fernweh I felt such a connection with it because it’s a word that embodied exactly what I was feeling. A few years later I am still wondering if I should change the name of my blog, but I just can’t bring myself to do it. No one seems to know the meaning of fernweh or how to pronounced it. So I thought I would share with anyone who didn’t know what fernweh means and explain exactly why I chose the name – The Fernweh Wolf.
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 and believe in going for what I want despite the social pressures around me. I am extremely good at fantasizing about places in my head, places that my heart craves, and I get such an attachment to them. I can imagine myself living in these cities and places I’ve never been too. Exploring the streets, drinking lattes 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, effortless and elegant.
I can’t tell you how many times I have fallen in love with cities I’ve never seen, 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 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
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, but that doesn’t mean they can’t love. 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
Why did you choose your blog name? Is there one word that describes you?
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