How is Windward House A Wanderlust Bed And Breakfast?
Wanderlust is about a sense of restlessness. But it is more than that. It’s about discovering, not just the topography of the land but the topography of the people who live there. The Maine coast is definitely a great place to exercise your wanderlust because so many passionate wanderers have decided to stay here. The end result of wanderlust for many is that they realize that their wanderlust was the result of some dissatisfaction or need to discover. But they only realize it once they decide to stop wandering for a while and live somewhere new. If you have wanderlust, than the place you settle, like the last sweetheart you’ll ever be with, the one you decide to stay with – has to be fascinating enough to surprise you every day. It is a very personal preference and it is different for everyone. But for whatever reason, perhaps the simplest, because it’s halfway between Bar Harbor and Portland – Windward House is a wanderlust bed and breakfast. What I mean is that we get many people who aren’t simply relaxing on their vacation – but they are questing – they have wanderlust.
Can An Innkeeper have Wanderlust?
The innkeepers at Windward House definitely had (have) wanderlust. We moved from New York to Maine. But before moving we looked all over the place for something. I think ultimately our journey was like a meditation where you come to some truth at the end. One of the truths for us was that our central concern was being the best parents we could be. The next question was – then what could we offer our children? Money? Perfect security? Material luxuries? The answer was we could offer those things, but all of them cost us our time. Time we had to spend earning the money to pay for the material lifestyle, time not spent being parents. And even with a lot of money perfect security just can’t be – it’s an illusion anyway. We looked around and saw that many of the affluent successful people had managed to undermine the security they thought they were buying with all the money they earned. But we had to work with what we had – but having prioritized things – our choice became clear. Perhaps if we could find a way to make a living and spend more time with our kids we could fulfill our priority. We came to the conclusion that the most valuable thing we had to offer was our time.
Our Guests Are Pathfinders
Windward House is a wanderlust bed and breakfast because so many of our guests are searching for something. Many have come looking to see if Camden is the kind of place they would like to live. Or they are interested in knowing whether we are happy or not having chosen to leave behind our former jobs careers and the proximity of family and connections. Many have wondered if that was something they might have done.
Everyone has a story and collecting stories is one of the goals of wanderlust. The stories that people share about their lives with travelers are often things they haven’t spoken even to their closest friends. Those are the kinds of conversations that are had in our dining room every morning. I believe that wanderlust is deeply rooted in our collective past. Hunter gatherers must have wondered if they would find something better in the next valley, – or if they would never find their way back – or – if they would ever want to stop traveling. When we find someplace it is a very common desire to meet someone who lives there and hear their story.
Where is Home if you have Wanderlust?
I’m rereading a great book that is in a way about wanderlust. It is called Pathfinders, A Global History of Exploration by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto. The author suggests that human history is divided into two general grand endeavors; divergence and convergence. The commonality of both is that the people were lead to migrate vast distances over land and sea by individuals who were inspired by what you could call wanderlust. The author suggests that there is a certain kind of person who is a discoverer. I would argue that we are all discoverers at some time in our lives – we just let people tell us we’re not because we are not physically traveling. Pathfinders reminded me of a sailor who was a guest here. He came to take care of a boat in the harbor and came two or three seasons and stayed with us while he worked on the boat. He said that it was very important to him to be able to go other places. He said that the foreignness of things excited him, the travel, the discovery the adventure. He referred to his home town, his home country as something that “will always be there…”
I find this to be a very interesting perception, because of course it will not always be there. Nothing remains the same. Our guest’s home town and country will be different each time he returns. But by thinking that it would always be the same, it allowed him to carry his home with him in his pocket wherever he went. Traveling and being away from home allowed this pathfinder to perpetuate the illusion that home is always there. And, ironically, by not visiting his home – for him – it created stability of thinking that your home is there and always the same.
Another interesting fact from the book Pathfinders is that some of the first maps were drawn from the dream journeys of shamans. So the pathfinders in those instances were looking for things that another person only saw in a dream. Sometimes your dreams will reveal things you yearn for but cannot recognize in your waking life.
Another interesting fact – Pathfinders sail to Windward. Many of the pacific and Asian islands were originally populated by Pathfinders sailing along the windward route. This means that explorers coming from the mainland beat against the wind in their search for new lands. The author theorizes the reason they did this was to be able to return if they must. If you explore going into the wind – than, if things turn out bad, you can simply turn around and be assisted by the wind going straight back home. Physically that may be true, but, time is a one way journey – and really you cannot go back again. Even if you sail into the wind. And that is what the name of our Inn means to us. Windward House is a symbol of our windward journey the result of our pathfinder’s wanderlust, a wanderlust bed and breakfast. We have our families and our home towns forever in our hearts. We sail windward, or against the wind, in many ways having taken the more difficult path opened to us, and even though we don’t physically travel much anymore, we are perpetually discovering and pathfinding still.
So, if you have wanderlust sail to windward a wanderlust bed and breakfast!