Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood...


The Road Not Taken by 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 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.

This poem remain as one my favourites. To me, whether it is 7 years ago in Form 5 [was it that long ago?!] or today or many years from now, this poem remains relevant with every passing chapter of my life. Once again the time has come for choices and decisions to be made. Not just for me but my fellow friends as well. Some have found their calling, some went with the flow of opportunities, some chose a safe path to follow, some are keeping their options opened while some are still considering what the future might hold for them. Which category are you in? I don't think I'm in the first but probably a composite of the latter four categories.

This time last year, I considered furthering my studies. Then this year, I've changed my mind. I've been thinking a lot lately and sometimes, that makes me confused and a bit depressed. There's a certain direction that I'm looking towards currently in my job hunt. But then I do wonder will I be satisfied? There are times when I just went with the flow to see how far it would take me. I never really considered that option for myself before. But it went well...too well...that's when I started to think about it seriously. I decided I wanted it....and then there were the limitations...so I didn't go for it. Do I regret my decision? A little.

Other opportunities have came by since. It's funny how when you want something, things never go as smoothly as when you don't want something. I doubt it's a coincidence since it happened more than once. I can only laugh about it. Perhaps it's just not meant to be. Well I can only hope for better things to come my way. Till then, I'll keep sighing... And then of course, as I've mentioned earlier, will I be satisfied? When I question myself, I become indecisive. Up till now, I've more or less stuck with the safer route... I wish I have more courage to take a chance, make a change and breakaway...

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood and I really want to take the one less travelled by...

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