The picture above is one I took in Sedona while hiking. The first thing that came to mind was Robert Frost and his magnificent poem, “The Road Not Taken.”
Looking back at the history of his poem, Frost himself was said to be amused because so many misinterpreted the poem and the actual meaning of his words. The interpretation, perhaps, is referring to the foundation of building, block by block, our lives and maybe regretting those dreams and goals we have always had in life, but not pursuing them. Reading the poem several times in succession, what Frost meant could be up for much debate.
The inspiration for this first post is I blogged before and really enjoy writing. Whenever someone leaves this earth too soon (Prince), that spurs me to think how short life is, and that we need to live life to the fullest each and every day.
I recently spoke to my sixth grade teacher, now in her 90s. The poem that she read to our class way back when was “Abou Ben Adhem”. That left an indelible memory forever. She made reciting poetry educational, as well as fun. She told me years later that she thought I should have taken up writing as a career.
That thought leads to Robert Frost’s words. Build upon what you have, but expand on your interests. Go outside of your comfort zone. Stretch yourself a little bit further and reach for the stars. Try something new that you have never done. Maybe — just maybe — step out of what you define as “the norm.” You may be glad you chose the road that you didn’t take the last time. Sometimes it’s interesting to mute the GPS and travel to a place you have never been, get lost and finding your way.