“The Road Not Taken”
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
These are the beautiful lines from one of my favourite poems, “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost. It beautifully represents the road as a metaphor for the journey of life. The speaker in the poem is faced with a choice between two roads, among which he chooses the road “less travelled.” It is a decision that he supposes, made all the difference.
In life, we all make many different choices every day. It’s just that we may not recognise them due to familiarity blindness. Everything we do is a choice that we make, whether they are benign or life-changing. Life throws an infinite amount of choices at us. In the end, it is all about the attitude we have towards the given situation. If we choose to confront the choices before us with confidence and courage, we open ourselves to a fulfilling part of our own design which in turn will be filled with numerous possibilities. Rather than procrastinating in the fear of choosing the wrong choice, we should weigh our choices wisely and act upon the best one. In the words of Jim Rohn, “It doesn’t matter which side of the fence you get off on sometime. What matters the most is getting off. You cannot make progress without making decisions”. So, it is best to revel in the chance to create the life that one wants to live.
Taking a decision and opting for a choice is just the beginning. The most important step that follows is to take ownership of your actions. In many instances of life, we don’t see ourselves having the power over what we are facing after opting for a particular choice. This might be due to a daunting situation we land in; it makes us feel helpless, forces us to doubt our choices and finally convinces us that we are left with no choice. Though, thinking that we are not left with any choice is also a choice that we are making in this process. Therefore, to see some positive change in our life, in such situations, we need to take ownership of what’s going on in our life. No matter how bad things are, you always have a choice. Only by accepting responsibility for it, one can finally achieve the motive of the choice made. As quoted by Eleanor Roosevelt, “In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.” So, always remember falling down is an accident, staying down is a choice.
Sometimes, our choices are wrong and we realize that it’s way too late to make any changes. But, instead of pondering too much over those choices and feeling guilty or dejected about it, it’s always better to move on. The past cannot be altered, the choices once made cannot be changed. It is always better to learn a lesson from our mistakes to make better decisions in the future. As Sirius Black mentions, “We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.”