The Road Not Taken
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because is was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
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.
I think I first became familiar with this poem in high school, via a gem of a book entitled, Sound and Sense: An Introduction to Poetry by Laurence Perrine. At the time I was not a big fan of poetry and so I struggled with this and other poems at the time.
I have often thought of this poem in the past months as it has become increasingly apparent that I was to take the fork in the road that lead to a new career in tech and away from the road I had been on in higher education administration.
Lessons I have learned from taking this fork:
- What is temporary today can become permanent—my part-time job in tech has lead to a second career.
- God has a plan; it may not be the same as yours, but He has a plan.
- It’s never too late to learn new things.
- It’s never too late to begin again.