Kelly....  The Path Taker

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

Robert Frost

I’ve always liked this poem; it captures so well how many of us actually negotiate life:  Not in a linear trajectory, but through loosely connected adventures that somehow come together to make the trip worthwhile.

Frost kind of hints that we may somehow have (brilliantly!) managed this by design, but if I’m to be at all forthcoming about my own way down the road, quite a bit of the path was travelled by accident (or at least by happy coincidence) as opposed to carefully plotted maneuver.  In spite of this, I’ve managed to hit most (not all) of the important gates I’ve set for myself, and am slowly but surely crossing things off the “bucket list”.

Common wisdom (and most actuarial tables) will attest that I’m at least halfway down my own personal road – although my father once claimed to be middle-aged in his 60s, (which I found to be refreshingly optimistic),…. by his reckoning, I’m barely out of the driveway.

I’ve created this blog for a couple reasons: Primarily, as a way to keep contact and commune with friends, family, and any (happily met) strangers we may encounter along the path- but also to chronicle this next bit of the journey for posterity.  A bit self indulgent, maybe,  but hey, they’re my electrons.

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