How to take that untraveled path
Robert Frost once wrote a poem about two roads that diverge in a yellow wood. While this poem is a simple remembrance of a day strolling outdoors, it has been used countless times to talk about paths in life. It concludes with him taking the road less traveled by even if the path looks a bit unstable. He also noted that he wanted to take both paths but had to choose, knowing that he may never return to that area.
More often than not, we take the well-traveled path because it is secure. People have walked this path for centuries and know what to expect. The roads that look the scariest are the ones only a few people end up taking because it is very risky. With much risk comes great rewards.
I had a teacher back in college who was always mean. I don’t think she meant to be, but she would tear down people’s work as soon as they made it. Sure she had her favorites and I was definitely not one of them. While talking to one of the teacher’s assistants, I asked why she seemed so mad/sad all the time. He replied that she missed her “BIG CHANCE” and was still bitter. Hearing that made me think if we just get one chance. Like there is this one defining moment in our lives that can skyrocket up into success and if we miss that boat, then we are stranded forever to grow old and die.
I choose to believe there are many paths to travel by and we go where we are meant to.
I think back to how I could have done something differently or if I really should have packed everything up and moved to California. I made the decisions as best I could with the information I had at that moment. After reading self-development books, listening to mentors, and praying, it dawned on me.
It is all a part of God’s plan, if you are meant to be somewhere, you will be
It makes me smile that once I started changing my mind and how I talked to myself, different paths began to open. How could I possibly see a new path with my eyes closed? I wanted to take the less traveled path for so long and now I could with the help of a flashlight!
Music and art are my life so I began to stop complaining and start being active. I would exercise my vocal chords, pick up a paint brush again, and study like a college student before finals who waited till the last minute (don’t lie, we all have done this).
Sure I wasn’t accepted in my top college choice and I lived too far away from most auditions that was my time to study. After a few strategic moves, I made it back to society and started to seek out teachers. Then as my talents were being strengthened, I could start seeking out opportunities. Some came and others went, but my eye is still on the prize. At that moment I realized that I was going in the right direction.
There have been many people in my life who have pushed me down the well-traveled road. “Opt for security” was a popular motto. How else could a legally blind woman succeed if not to follow the rules and be silent? That was something I had a hard time doing even before I realized there were other paths out there and I could follow the path I was meant to take.
You need a map to figure out where to go
Taking the unknown path is a wonderful thing to do, however it should have a purpose at the end. Have you ever been driving or in the subway trying to find how to get to a location? Think about what you use to get there. Maybe it is a handwritten map/notes with random landmarks. Perhaps you use a map and compass. Myself, I like using Google Maps along with other apps for location plus I’m not afraid to ask directions from other people.
We are given tools to find out way around a city, why not use tools to direct our path in life? We have this beautiful brain upon our shoulders that can be molded and stretched to take in more information. There is proof that we are not too old, too young, from the wrong socioeconomic background, nature/nurture, etc to continue learning. We put these road blocks on ourselves. I sure did!
With a map and flashlight, I urge you to take that untraveled path. You will face thorns and obstacles, but rest assured there are others out there to join you on your journey.