The Road not Taken is populary mistakenly called The Road Less Traveled because of the line, "I took the one less traveled by and that made all the difference".
This is one of my favorites when I studied classical literature. I like it because it is an allergory of the decisions that we often make. Every once in awhile, we come to a split of the road in our journey. We ask ourselves, should I travel the road of certainty, stability, safe, easy? Or should I travel the road of uncertainty, instability, adventure, difficulty? Hmm... how many of us chose the road of uncertainty? How many of us chose the road that's safe? Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason. However if that road will bring you more happiness even when it's difficult, shouldn't it be worth the risk? What if your doubts were right all along, would the lessons still be worth it? Why take the chance when there's a road that's certain? But you may also ask, should we allow ourselves to live boring lives just because we are too afraid to jump?
Which way to go? This decision is easy when it's a clear white vs black, good vs bad. In reality, our crossroads are not always like that. They are blurry lines between different options of better things. When that happens, my real question is, do these questions even matter? Should we overthink it? Once we're in it, should we constantly evaluate if we should go back and take the other road? What if you can never go back, should you live regretting that one decision? I say not! I say never!
I say whatever road you take, never take it with regret. Never take a road when the decision is half-baked. Decide to accept whatever it brings. I've learned that the way to live your life is to actually LIVE it not with "what-ifs" but with "so-what?!". There is no room for shoulda-woulda-coulda's. The road we take may have bumps but those bumps don't mean it's the wrong one. Say, "Hey! We make mistakes. Life is tough. I can't be perfect. There are lessons learned here. I move on.", then strive. I know it is easier said than done as this is my constant struggle too. Trust that everything will fall to its right places when it's good and right for you. I will pray for you too.
Cheers to our journey in this subject called Life!
Yesterday, some of my close friends and colleagues have taken a different road because of circumstance. My heart and prayers go to them.
<I do not own the pic. You may have noticed that I address a 3rd person in my writing. That 3rd person is actually me..>
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 marked 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.