July 28, 2020
The Road Not Taken
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.“ Robert Frost
“The Road Not Taken” is a poem by Robert Frost, published in 1916 as the first poem in the collection Mountain Interval. Its central theme is the divergence of paths, both literally and figuratively, although its interpretation is noted for being complex and potentially divergent.” (Wikipedia Originally published: 1916 Author: Robert Frost)
“The Road Not Taken” is an ambiguous poem that allows the reader to think about choices in life, whether to go with the mainstream or go it alone. If life is a journey, this poem highlights those times in life when a decision has to be made.” Mar 15, 2020https://owlcation.com
In my opinion, it is as if Frost had written this poem for today’s world. Each person follows their own personal journey. I believe that one of the reasons that we still relate to the poem is that “…he was known for his depictions of rural…life, (and) his grasp of…poetry about ordinary people in everyday situations.” Thus, the Road less traveled continues to appeal to today’s generation.
In the fall of 2013, while at a crossroads in life after a divorce, Aaron Lauritsen, did what many of us dream of doing but few ever will, he put his problems in the rearview mirror and headed out the door.” Google Books Originally published: January 24, 2016
About the Author
“Aaron Lauritsen is a former professional soldier and small business owner turned wanderer who is currently working on his second book in a series of ‘100 Day’ travel adventures from around the world. He resides with his family in the foothills west of Calgary Alberta Canada where he cherishes world class craft beer, running painfully slow over long distances and living in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains.” (Amazon)
Mr. Lauritsen travels around Canada and the United States visiting seven of 10 Canadian provinces and 38 states covering just less than 30,000 miles (that’s just less than 48,000 kilometers). The impetus for this journey, as stated by the author, was a crossroads in his life and his decision to do what many people dream of doing. He put his troubles ’in the rearview mirror and headed out the door.‘ In the hopes of finding himself again he just left, without any real plan, without a map, and taking roads less traveled where few have been before. The author takes the reader on a journey of self discovery interlaced with personal memories of bad times and good, with accounts of history from experience and study that are at some times unmistakably relatable. ” Janice Brophy of the Cochrane Eagle
I encourage you to find ways to follow the road less traveled. I believe that we can each benefit from discovering our own unique paths during life’s journey. It is better to do your own thing, and not follow the status quo. Enjoy the journey!
Please share in the comments about how you have taken the road less traveled. Thank you for sharing!