“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
– Robert Frost
One of my favourite poems is The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost. You can read the full poem here.
Sometimes we are forced to make choices in the heat of the moment and we later wonder whether we made the right choice. In this poem, the narrator finds himself at a fork in the road and must decide which path to take. He later wonders if he will ever revisit the path he didn’t choose but concludes that he probably won’t.
Sometimes I look back and wish I had done things differently, but ultimately, I know for better or worse, I am stuck with the consequences of my choices. I struggle with indecision and sometimes, like the narrator of this poem, I wonder if I made the right choice. Instead of always looking back on the past, I know I need to accept my decisions as they are. It doesn’t do to dwell on the what ifs or what might’ve beens.
Life is always throwing forks in our way. It’s up to us to make a decision and move forward. Sure, we have moments where we look back and reflect on those choices but that shouldn’t stop us from continuing to live our best lives.