As the late and great Robert Frost has once said: “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” Being a young kid and hearing these words didn’t really resonate with anyone at the time. We all just thought our teacher was trying to get us to stop smoking weed.
But as we grow older and we really look back at how far we’ve come, those words mean a lot more than one would have originally thought. In life we are presented with many roads.
People believe that there is such a thing as destiny, or that faith dictates everything but that is just their excuse for certain things not working out in their favor. Your life is based off the direction your life takes and the road you decide to embark on in the process.
Our lives are faced with several important choices. We may at times forget that we do have a choice in how we go about taking advantage of opportunities and achieving our goals. Society does a great job trying to turn us all into robots. They want to mold our lives and try make us into the people they want us to be, not the people we want to be. That is the road that is all-too-frequently traveled.
Since we have been young we were always told that our life has a path that is very easy to follow. Go to school, get good grades, finish college, get a job, a mortgage, get married, have kids, pay your taxes, watch primetime television and die a happy death.
That is the road frequently traveled and that is the road many are okay with taking because it is so easily accessible to all it attracts.
What that becomes is a life filled with settling and mediocrity. It’s walking in the tracks that many have walked in before and being okay with being average because it’s just so easy and safe. But we’re pretty sure you are not looking to take the easy way out.
The second road available to us is the road less traveled. It’s the one that doesn’t have many footsteps in the ground, and many turn around after coming face to face with the unfamiliarity and unnerving discomfort it conveys.
This road actually requires you to think for yourself, putting you in the driver’s seat to determine what type of future you want to unfold. It is ultimately up to you to decide which road you plan on traveling, but you must understand that the road less traveled is not an easy one to take. It requires hard work, courage and determination.
It can destroy a person’s self-esteem and willpower if you aren’t strong enough. But if you embrace the thrill of the challenge and give it all you’ve got, you will soon realize that the personal growth and fulfillment that comes with embarking on this journey is worth all the stress of choosing a path of uncertainty and oppression.
Once you touch the finish line, you will be laughing at the pedestrians who chose to not expose themselves to life’s greatest opportunities, experiences and rewards.
How your life turns out is up to you, so stop making excuses, stop trying to find shortcuts and stop blaming others for any sort of inconvenience you may face. Your journey will always seem harder than everyone else’s, but the harder your journey is the more satisfying the outcome.
Life will present you with both roads, and you must be the one to choose whether you are willing to discover the power within yourself to rid your future of monotony and regret.
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Preston Waters | Elite.