Two roads diverged in a wood and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
I find that sometimes the best moments in my life are those when I choose to live my life by different boundaries, when I allow myself the freedom to take the road less traveled. This can be a literal road or a symbolic road in my life. I find that when I embrace the idea of traveling new paths, I begin a journey of discovery that enhances my life in invaluable ways. Taking the road less travelled is not always easy, as it can often mean a ride that is a bit bumpier than a nicely paved road. Yet, those bumps on that road can often afford us learning experiences that we are forever grateful for.
I have a very pertinent personal example of taking a different road. When I was a young child (probably 8 or 9) I made a conscious decision that if I were to have children when I was older I wanted to adopt them. Obviously, at that age people assumed it was a phase, that I would eventually change my mind and want to physically have children of my own. They were wrong, I did not change my mind. From the time I was 8 years old I was keenly aware of the plight of the many orphans in this world and I could not fathom bringing another child into this world when there were so many children already out there who needed warm, loving homes. While there is a growing number of families who have chosen adoption as their first choice to grow their families, more often it is considered as a second choice when the option of natural pregnancy and childbirth fails. Adoption is also often a choice in addition to (as opposed to instead of) raising biological children. I have two amazing girls who are both adopted. I believe their presence in my life is a gift that goes far beyond anything I could begin to give them. I cannot imagine loving a biological child any more than I love them – they ARE my children.
In my life, as I created my family, I took the road less traveled, and indeed – it has made all the difference. Others choose to take the road less traveled in many areas of life, be it career, home, or family. I am certain there are many readers out there who have wonderful stories of unconventionality, of originality, of making decisions that others questioned, and ultimately reaping the rewards and benefits of taking that less-travelled path.
Today, 322 days ’til 40, I will continue to walk the road where my heart leads, particularly those less-travelled roads. What a blessing they have been in my life.
I hope that more people in this world will be secure enough in themselves to feel confident taking the less-travelled road when their heart leads them to.