day 27 | Two roads

It’s my birthday! Wheee!

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I honestly thought that by now I’d be the very picture of poise and grace, or at least, I would have figured out how to stop being such a spaz. Guess not….

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Let me tell you a story…

In the spring of 2009, I found myself at an impasse. I was three years into a five year architecture program; I was miserable, stressed, and falling apart, having sacrificed my health an sanity to the fickle dieties who controlled my fate. In a moment of desperation, I called my dad. I unloaded my frustration and worry on him. I expected him to feed me platitudes about how I could do anything that I set my mind to.

Instead, my dad let me know that it was okay to change my mind. He gave me permission to choose a different path. It was probably the best gift he ever gave me.

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So this is my gift to you. I’d like to personally give you permission to choose a different path. It’s terrifying and exhilarating. It requires courage. But it’s worth it.

In that spirit, a little poetry for you…

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.
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I hope that, for you, this year makes all the difference.
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Photos Courtesy of Moriah Dawn Photography.
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