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The Road Less Traveled

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The Road Less Traveled

The Road Less Traveled

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.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately.  Robert Frost is right– the glory of the unknown far exceeds anything that lies in front of you.  There’s a promise that lies in the discovery of something new.

For years, we’ve been told exactly what to expect.  Or, the majority of us have.  As long as you stay in school and get decent grades, you’ll end up at a university somewhere.  And after you’ve attained that bachelor’s degree– the world is yours.

I tell people I’m going through a 1/4 life crises.   Instead of looking at it as a crises, maybe I need to step back a moment and see it through Robert Frost’s eyes.  It’s a new journey, one which promises to be the greatest journey I’ve ever imagined.

For years, I’ve had my life planned out.  College. Graduate/Law School. [I chose Law School.]  Good Job. Make Money. Live Life. Be Happy.  WARNING: That’s not how it works.

There’s an extraordinary amount of debt involved, one that cautions me to stray from law school.  Especially when upon my graduation, chances are I wont have the opportunity to pay back the loans as fast as I’d prefer.  Hell, who knows if I’d even find the job I want.  There’s a good chance I’d be living off a mediocre salary, using most of what I make to pay back the debt I’d acquired. That doesn’t sound like fun to me at all.  At least not at this point in my life.

So I find myself here, at a crossroads.  The road I’m on splits– one to the east, and the other to the west.  The one to the west is the path I’ve traveled back and forth all my life.  The path to the east is new.  It’s fresh, green, and beckoning for my attention.  Because of nerves and the comfort of habitual actions, I’m tempted to continue back down the western path.  However, the beckoning call from the east just gets stronger.  Something is telling me to walk eastward, away from what I know and those I love most.  The feeling resonates in my chest, and gives me strength.  As I head towards the eastern path and place my flip flop on the fresh green trail, I come to the realization I’ve made the best possible decision for me.

It’s time to chase my dreams.  Everything else will fall into place.  And those I love so dearly will always be nearby.