I came across this word recently and it perfectly describes me at the moment. I can’t find the etymology of it anywhere except to say that it is slang, but it sounds like a word the BFG would use, it’s so sumptuous and dialectal. Try saying it out loud. Delicious isn’t it? It means ‘travelling purposefully without a clear destination’ and it captures the recent directionless meanderings of my 40s, as I strike out purposefully and enthusiastically without really having any idea of where I am going, relying on my intuition and my feet to get me to wherever I end up.
It is a motion I have come to enjoy. I seize opportunities that arrive without me seeking them, I loose myself in places and feelings and I enjoy the experience. I open myself up to people and ideas like I’ve never done before. I find it invigorating and challenging and it makes me happy.
I don’t know if I ever really want to find out where I’m heading when I’m having so much fun coddiwompling, but I think Tolkien was right when he wrote: ‘not all those who wander are lost’.