The Road Not Taken
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.
Our lives are full of paths-planned or unplanned-that we walk with certainty or with trepidation. At each moment of crossroads in our lives we are faced with a choice: which one to follow? I have revisited many of these moments in my day dreams, wondering 'what if I had taken the other road?' Your "road less traveled" could be based off of the 'what if' path that you didn't take, or rarely choose to walk in your life.
I used to have a clear mental map of how my life would look, then as I grew into life I began to realize that I was never meant to walk the normal path, or to get to the perceived goals in life through the usual roads. Sometimes I wished that I could have walked the well trodden places to follow in step with others ahead of me...but I know that the wandering I did off on my own has made me the person I am today. If this also resonates in you, then perhaps your challenge piece is a celebration of your bush-whacking that has brought you to the lovely artist we know and love today.
Your new challenge could also just be a beautiful road you would like to wander--real or imagined.
I look forward to the journey with you all.
Pieces will be revealed on September 30th; until then I look forward to your teasers!