We all have choices. We can either choose to be good, or choose to be evil. We can either choose to go up or down, left or right, above or below. We can either choose heads or tails. But choices are not always two. Sometimes there are three, six, or more than that. It’s just best to remember that there is always a choice. The choices are not always as easy as picking heads or tails. No. Some choices takes careful planning to make. Like would you become a dentist or a journalist? Would you go to this place or that? Would you do as the others have done, or would make your own way and take the road less traveled by?
We all know the poem The Road Not Taken. For those of you who don’t know the poem, here it is:
The Road Not Taken
Robert Frost (1874–1963)
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; 5 Then took the other, as just as ftake.air, 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, 10 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. 15 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. 20
The Road Not Taken talks about to different roads. Two choices, that the author came across. One was the most used, polished, and safer of the two paths, while the other is the unused, dirty, cluttered, and dangerous of the two paths. He took the one less traveled by and according to him, it has made all the difference.
Life of a person is like a multitude of cross roads. Some might find themselves in front of two roads, both frequently used, some might find themselves in front of two roads, one of which is a road less traveled, some would find themselves in front of two less traveled by roads, and some, still, might come up on a crossroad with multiple roads. Multiple choices of both beaten sand unbeaten paths.
Most would’ve probably taken the beaten path. The path with a sure outcome or result. A path taken by many if not all. I think of this people as safe players. People who would rather take the same road as others before them to make sure that they reap the same rewards as those of their predecessors. Though they are playing safe, they are sure what will become of them. A Straight forward road. To me, this path is boring. It’s like living a life where all your family members are in the medical field and you decide to be in the medical field too.
Still others would take the unbeaten path. The path where you won’t be sure what you get until you’ve try it. The path most of us would surely avoid. I think of the people who takes this path as risk takers or gamblers. It’s a path where many might have already failed and you’ll know it. But the good thing about this path is that it can have multiple paths with in it. You might have failed in your initial path, but there will always be another crossroad for you to discover. Paths that might make you fail. But if you choose the right one, you might just succeed. I think of this path as dangerous, as well as adventurous. You’ll never know what you might get. Like a mystery box. With all the cross roads you are encountering on this path, it’s like you’re from a family that has a member in every field. An uncle who is a doctor, a journalist aunt, an attorney for a cousin, a singer for a sister, or an artist for a brother. And you yourself stayed from those paths as well.
Some say it’s better to stick to the family tradition. That since your great grand father, is a doctor that your grand father is a doctor. Because your grand father is a doctor that your father is a doctor. And since he’s a doctor, you should be too. Because it’s tradition. Because that’s what made your family successful. Still, some says or decides to break tradition. To them, the world is full of possibilities. Full of choices. And they intend to take on those other possibilities and live on in an adventure.
It’s not easy to make decisions, especially life changing ones. But when did life’s choices as easy as head or tails? You can take the beaten path if you want, or take the road less traveled. It’s your choice to make. Just make sure that what you choose is the one you really want.