"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."
--Robert Frost, "The Road Not Taken" (ca. 1920)
This poem, "The Road Not Taken," is one of my favorites. I find it profound, thought provoking, calming. I meditate upon Frost's words with great frequency. I wish to live my life this way. I wish to take the road less traveled by and I hope upon hope that it will indeed make all the difference.
I find myself standing at a crossroads, and I wonder quite sincerely which path is the less traveled, which path will make the biggest difference. I am not sure there is any real way to know the answer with any certainty....
I know what I want. I know what kind of life I wish to have. I carry with me certain expectations--neatly wrapped and hidden away, but there all the same.
I am only now beginning to understand that I fully deserve to choose my own path and to have the ideals and desires I hold close met.
I am also experiencing a slow but steady awakening, a realization that I am myself fully capable of meeting my own needs and wants. I am myself fully capable of weighing the pros and cons of life's situations and of making difficult decisions without outside influences. I am myself fully capable of choosing the road less taken and enjoying the journey--wherever it may lead me.
I am also learning the immense value of patience and fortitude. I do not need to rush. I am at a crossroads--two roads diverged in a wood---and I can stand at that crossroads as long as I please. I can take my time. I owe it to myself to consider these paths and to consider my options. So....
TWO roads diverged
in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not
And be one traveler,
long I stood....