“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference.”– Robert Frost
Those lines just resonate at my core. They struck a chord the first time I read them, and still do now. It is so important to make your own choices and live the way you want. You don’t have to follow the herd. You can, if that is where your heart is at, but if it isn’t, dare go your own way. It will make the journey all the more interesting, unique and inspiring. Just like those lines by Robert Frost.
Robert Frost was an American poet. He was born in San Francisco, in 1874. He started writing poetry in high school, married his high school sweetheart after college, and started his family life in rural America, in a farm in New Hampshire. There he wrote many poems, and gave a go at raising poultry, but when the latter didn’t work out he went back to teaching.
In 1912, he moved to England with his wife and four children. There his career as a published poet took off. When the First World War started, he returned to the United States, back in a farm and in New Hampshire.
In the 1930s, he went through dramatic family loss. He kept writing. In the course of his life, his poetry was awarded four Pulitzer Prizes, in 1924, 1931, 1937, and 1943. He drew his last breath in 1963 in Boston, Massachusetts.
Here is how he perceived writing:
“We write of things we see and we write in accents we hear. Thus we gather both our material and our technique with the imagination from life; and our technique becomes as much material as material itself.”
Here is a link to the whole poem, if I have piqued your interest and you are just left there wanting more. The Road Not Taken, by Robert Frost
Here is a link to his biography, if you want to know even more about him. Frost’s Life and Career.
Featured image: Path in the Woods, captured on January 7th, 2017, in Lucinges, France. (HDR settings, iPhone 5S)