Growing up an optimist, I’ve always wholeheartedly believed that this world has wonderful things in store for me, as evidenced by the amazing friends I’ve made, my move to San Francisco, my professional career progression, my running endeavors and accomplishments, my travels abroad, my musical adventures, and my Bikram Yoga practice, among other things. All of these forrays have required some level of decision-making and I can’t help but be reminded of one of my all time favorite poems by Robert Frost. Reading this reminds me that I’ve landed at the very spot I’m at, at this very moment in time, because I’ve had to make choices that have sometimes required me to deviate from the pack. While some of these decisions have been tough to arrive at, I can say with assured confidence that I’ve never felt more certain that the place that I’m currently standing at is the place where I should be — and of course I’m so excited for all that lies ahead!
The Road Not Taken — 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.