Two Roads

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. – Robert Frost

I think the road less traveled has to do with being true to yourself; being who you are, wherever you are. Apparently that’s hard for many of us. We tend to be what others want us to be, what society deems we should be, what our employer pays us to be. Fears and anxieties also play a big part in repressing our true self.

But, that’s why it’s the road less traveled, isn’t it? If it was easy, everyone would be taking that road. I know one thing. It’s the best choice. It’s the road that will ultimately lead to a more satisfying and fulfilling life. It’s the one that will bring you the most happiness.

I took the easy road for most of my life; the four lane highway with regular rest stops along the way. The problem was that it ended up being really boring. I wasn’t seeing all of the sights. I wasn’t having as much fun as I deserved.

So, I stopped, went back a few steps and found the other road. What I found was that taking the road less traveled is not a onetime decision. It’s a constant choice that must be made, every second, every day, every year. Being yourself in all situations takes a constant diligence and a consistent way of dealing with what life throws at you. I can’t say that I always make that decision, but I get there most of the time.

Be yourself. Nothing more. Nothing less.

Michael