Is Yours the Road Less Travelled?

by Crystal on July 3, 2011

“Two roads divulged in a yellow wood, and I –
I took the road less travelled by
…and that has made all the difference”

~Robert Frost, ‘The Road Not Taken’

iStock_000008776341XSmallI studied this poem way back in the yonks ago when I was in high school.  I thought it was a cool poem then, but recently I’ve come to realise just how very enlightening it is, too.

While going through some new Raw Food info I found, I read that Dr Fred Bisci makes the point that it’s the foods you leave OUT of your diet that make the critical difference to your health.  Entirely out.  Not mostly, with an occasional splurge.  I started thinking about the difference between the bodies of the majority of us (struggling) and the few – and that it was this choice of what to walk away from (even in the face of temptation and ads galore) that marks the difference.

Then I started thinking that maybe this went further than food.  Let’s face it, these days there are ten million things we’re all encouraged to do.  We’re all supposed to work long hours, get enough sleep, work out at the gym, raise families, clean house, maintain email and social contact with friends and family, etc etc. In the few hours left over from that, the ‘default’ is to relax in front of the telly or down the club, or some other variation.   And so the weeks, months and years fly by, with little to mark them.

In the early years of passionately chasing my online dreams, though, I not only didn’t have a boyfriend, I didn’t have a TV, and chose to minimise my social life as well.  My leftover time all went to building my blog and building my online business.  I made a different choice as what I left out of my life, leaving things behind as I pursued that ‘road less travelled’ – and that was what made it my own life path, unique from everyone else’s.  (It’s also probably why I now struggle so hard to fit it in, as I’ve been pulled back closer to the main path of those long hours at a dayjob, juggling commitments that take up 120% of the time I have.)

Looking around the people I know, everyone who stands out as an individual has made some kind of similar choice – pick a road that differs from the norm, leave behind some of the ‘default’ stuff and chase something unique.  It’s not a big deal, it’s just who they are.  Or maybe, who they’ve made themselves to be.  It ties back to that fridge magnet I love – “Life is not about finding yourself.  Life is about creating yourself.”

So, now I know why I’m so drawn to blogs like ‘Zen Habits’, ‘Steve Pavlina’ and ‘Illuminated Mind’ – they all clearly walk their own unique paths, and share the views from there.  It’s not about focusing on what you leave out, it’s about focusing on choosing your path consciously, and walking it, regardless of how far away from the crowd it takes you. Fearlessly exploring a different life that openly departs from the norm.

Do you follow a ‘road less travelled’?  What choices have you made that took you away from the crowd and made your life the unique path it is?

[Here’s the rest of the poem]

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.

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