“The Road Not Taken” – Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;Then took the other, as just as fair
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that, the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
May 30th, 2017 is a special day for me. Not because it’s a birthday, or an anniversary, or any of that. No, it is the day that I decided to truly listen to my intuition and take the first step towards the biggest life change that is to come.
It wasn’t easy.
What’s to come is riddled with uncertainty.
When presented with a fork in the road, there’s no way to tell whether one path is better than the other. You can only go by what feels right at the moment, and sometimes, you tell yourself, you’ll go back one day and try to take the road not taken.
Some say, you’ll go so far down one path that it is hard to turn back, but won’t you forever wonder about that other path? What if your life could be 100 times better if you had taken it then?
I can recall all those other times when I came across a fork in the road. The what ifs and the should’ves.
Yet, we can’t think about those times.
The day I selected English Enriched instead of a Drafting class in high school changed the course of my career, as I walked down the path of becoming a marketer instead of an architect.
The day I chose to one job offer over another brought me to a year of personal and professional development that prepared me for the journey that I am about to embark on. If it was not for this job, I would not have grown into the woman I am today.
We can’t think about those times because what’s meant to happen, will happen. You will come across that path again.
All of these years, there was one path that I always talked myself out of choosing although it would come up again and again because I was never ready. Excuses after excuses.
You see, there are opportunities that keep presenting themselves, until you finally learn your lesson.
I’m at the fork of the road again. This time, one path is safe and rewards are laid out expectantly. The other is muddy but the potential it holds is varied. The old me would have chosen the safe path… but today, I’ve decided to choose what feels right instead of what looks right.
This time, I decided to take The Road Not Taken.