Confessions: The Road Not Taken

I have come across many forks in the road and I think as I’ve matured, I’ve been rational and smart about making decisions in my life. Safe decisions usually. The “right” ones maybe or even the “standard”. BUT… yes there’s a but. But that gets boring. My personality refuses to be bottled in and playing it safe can mean missing out on all the amazing things that could have happened.

Lately, I have been pursuing the more challenging paths, the grey areas and giving in to passion. Somehow, I found my courage again. And at this moment, I will just do what makes me happy and follow my heart. Wherever it may go. To Chicago. To Madrid, maybe. To London, I hope! Or back to Connecticut. As my friends would tell me, “Do you, Boo. Do you.”

A fork on the road

Wherever I may end up, I can rest assured there will be no regrets. And if I do, I hope I will have the strength to change them. Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, and tat has made all the difference.

Reading this poem again made me reflect and I hope you will too!

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, 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.

Jen is a Chicago-based traveler and a full-time Director of Development for an arts & culture organization. Originally from Connecticut, she created JetsettingJen as a place to share her travel stories and photos with friends and family. Now, it is a place for adventurers, explorers and dreamers. Its purpose is to inspire and encourage people to see the world and achieve a better work-life balance.