So most Saffronitas know that we have a slight adoration for camels around the studio and an informal mascot named Wayward. And like other aspects of the Saffron culture, Wayward's name is most certainly not an accident.
The first definition in Webster's of "wayward" is "following one's own capricious, wanton, or depraved inclinations." And though upon first glance, this is not the most complimentary of definitions, further uses of the term explain that it describes "behaving, doing or acting opposite to what is [sic] . . . expected." I know, I know, most of you reading this have already concluded that being wayward has some sort of negative connotation, but that is not how I see it. For me, being wayward means knowing that there may be a herd mentality, but you can walk, dance or in my case "shimmy" in your own direction.
“Not all those who wander are lost.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
Perhaps the momentum of your current activities was set by a path taken long ago, but that now no longer feel satisfying or meaningful. Deciding to be a little wayward pushes you off your path and encourages you to take a risk or a route not frequently explored. Maybe the derail will help you create a new path, or perhaps just realize that you appreciated your original path from a different perspective.
“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”
― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky
The most important thing is to follow what is meaningful, authentic and satisfying to you, not what is expected by others or even yourself at a different time in your life. I am self-described as wayward in the most positive sense of the term. And though it may or may not lead me to the perfect ending, it has guaranteed that I am experiencing a regret-free journey along the way.
From my heart to your hips,