I do love a good bit of symbolism, especially when it’s travel related. And weirdly I’ve always been drawn to any sort of arrow or sign – things, I guess, which signify direction. My friends still make fun of me for never missing the opportunity to snap a picture of any kind of sign, whether it’s at home or on my travels.
Anyway, a few years ago, I decided that the arrow of wanderlust was symbolic enough for me to get as my first tattoo, a tiny design on the inside of my wrist. Yes, I do get the odd joke of people asking me to point them in the right direction, and I can just use my wrist. But to me, it represents my passion for all things travel. As I’m sat writing this, I’m on a long bus journey through the beautiful Scottish highlands, staring out the window at the beautiful sunny scenery of green mountains and lakes in between writing down my thoughts as they come and sipping on my morning coffee. Even in moments like these, I never fail to notice and appreciate the beauty of the world all around us – and I hope this is something which will never leave me!
So, as I found out from doing some research, an arrow can actually signify many different things. In ancient times, when an arrow pointed to the left it meant warding off evil, an arrow pointing to the right meant protection and an arrow pointing down meant peace. An arrow is also a symbol of flight, direction, travel, movement, and power (to the carrier). It also signifies swiftness, the rays of the sun and knowledge.
And I’ll finish by leaving this beautiful thought with you: as an arrow can only be shot by pulling backwards, when life is dragging you back with difficulties, just imagine it’s going to launch you into something great.