The Road Not Taken
by: 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, just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that 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 to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
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.
This poem is by and far my most favorite poem of all time. It reminds me that just because “everyone’s doing it” doesn’t mean “it” is necessarily right for me. I tell my kids all the time to take the road less traveled by…and they know exactly what I’m talking about. I know it’s made all the difference in my life and now I’m seeing it make a difference in theirs.
Today is Monday. Traditionally I hate Mondays. They are cursed to me. I break stuff. Things get spilled, burned, ripped, puked on…you name it and it’ll happen on a Monday in my house. At this very moment my Suburban is sitting in pieces in my garage…see, I told you! But then I realized that no one can make this Monday, or any other day for that matter, good for me. I need to do that for myself. So today I’m taking the road less traveled by. I’m gonna do some things today that I always said I wanted to do but just never got around to…small things…I’m going to carve out some time to journal today. I am going to take the kids to the pool (smoke permitting, dang wild fires). And I’m going to sit down tonight and plan out a few new job leads that I’ve been wanting to pursue. It’s gonna be a great Monday! Care to join me?
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