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 marked 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 has always been one of my top five favorite poets, and The Road Not Taken is definitely my best-loved poem. I have had several major forks in the road of my life, and the choices I made at those junctures have made all the difference. My choice to go to Christian camp the summer before my senior year of high school changed the entire direction of my life, for it was during that camp that I accepted Christ and decided to go to a Christian college. During my college years, my whole perspective changed, and my worldview was formed. There, I met the man with whom I celebrated thirty-five years of marriage last week.
I can only imagine where I would be and what I might be doing had I not gone to that camp at that crucial point in my life, and I thank God for the people he put into my life at that time, mainly my brother-in-law and his father, who helped to steer me in the right direction.
What decisions have you made that changed the course of your life?