The Road Not Taken

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Among my favourite poems is this one, “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost. For those who know me and/or read my blogs, the reasoning will be pretty obvious. It’s about what might have been in other circumstances.

Now you can either accept the cards you’ve been dealt with in life, as I did for 30 years, or you can do something about them as I’ve done for, what I call, my second life. That I’ve been pretty successful in that is a testament to my tagline, “All you have to do is try”. When you do this, you may succeed or fail; that, to me, is less important than the effort of trying itself. If you do that, you’ll find that change will take place as a result. It may not always be what you expected but it will have some effect on you and your circumstances. It will also, if you keep going, lead you down paths you may well have thought didn’t even exist. My life has certainly turned out that way and that “second half” has been beyond anything the previous “me” would ever have thought about.

Now, I’m not saying that it’s easy. What I am saying is that it will almost certainly be better than the alternative, which is not to try. You may find, as I have, a satisfaction and contentment that you’ve never had before. Moreover, you can reach those states without losing what I feared I would; that edge that makes me keep trying.

So, take that first small step on that road not previously taken. After all, what have you got to lose?

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