This very day 4 years ago, October 3, 2014, I posted on Facebook:
[Caution: I will not be held responsible for anything posted prior to 2009, those were my formidable college years… when no one in college thought Facebook would become a public form…]
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
At that moment in time in my life, it really meant just standing out. You know-the whole blaze your own trail ideal. Doing the things that set me apart, make me independent, change the world; personally and professionally. Now, that started off pretty easy, until it wasn’t anymore. (Much like the road... we can see it is less traveled, but at some point it becomes VERY less traveled.) When the time came for me to choose a side. To pick a battle. To voice a concern. To be honest (with the people around me and sometimes, ok… many times myself). I have learned, only by the Grace of God and time, the poem has a much deeper meaning.
As I have grown, evolved, and changed - the road less traveled has become an increasing difficult road to travel. See, I have found that less traveled means against cultural norms. And it is easy for us to say that superficially we are all different, we are all unique, and we are all capable of traveling the road less taken by others. However, the road is less traveled for a reason!
But when it comes to that actual fork in the road, the real one. The one when you travel the road less taken; you may at many times be left alone, because most people do not enjoy to taking THAT road. That road is scary. That road is uncomfortable. That road possesses risk/threats. That road is hard. That road is lonely. That road is sometime against all "norms" of a culture that tells you it knows better right from wrong.
I cannot tell you which road to take. You all know where I stand on that (obviously! the road less traveled). So when the time comes for you to make the difficult decision or be the single voice to act on reason. When the time comes to stand your ground, when all else is storming around you. When analyzing the future, and your vision and clarity looks and feels different than everyone else view - be anchored in your soul and gear towards the times. Grit through it, and take the road less traveled. You never know, your road could become the road more traveled in time, for those behind you, and that will make all the difference.