Campus Alive

October 28, 2007

The Road Not Taken

Filed under: Sharing — campusalive @ 1:28 pm
I hope I am not violating any copyright by copy/paste a popular poem here. =D Everyone knows this poem.

The Road Not Taken
Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same.

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

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’m not sure how much you understand about this poem, but there is a story behind it. Robert Frost’s father is an editor of a company and he wanted Frost to take his place. So, young Frost, between fulfilling his own desire and fulfilling his father’s wish, had to choose. Between job security and uncertainty, he had to choose. That’s what this poem is about. The last stanza, “I shall be telling this with a sigh…” implies a gloomy mood in Frost’s writing. Maybe he regretted his decision. A more popular interpretation of that “sigh” was that he was upset that he didn’t have the change to walk through the other path too.

It is hard to make a decision when you have two equally attractive choices to choose from. It is harder to make a decision when you have two unequal choices to choose from and yet, your heart inclines to the unpopular choice. Peer pressure conflicts with self-interest. Rationality vs Instinct. I myself was in a crossroad too not too long ago. I made a decision. I walk a path less traveled by. Faith will be my light upon the path. God will be the directing my ways through. One day, I might be telling the same story with a sigh too. Only God knows. He knows it all. My job is just to walk the path I have chosen and keep believing that God is carrying me through and cheering me to the finish line.

Walking,
Leen

P/S: This is the second time I use CA blog and treat it as my own. >__<

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3 Comments »

  1. Yet another inspiring post Leen and Amen to that again.

    Comment by 你的读者 — October 28, 2007 @ 11:47 pm

  2. Rationality vs Instinct.;-)

    Comment by Shalini — October 29, 2007 @ 11:39 am

  3. *subscribes to comments*

    Comment by kedekut — October 29, 2007 @ 1:53 pm


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