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The Road Not Taken

I love poetry. Oftentimes the words of a poet can be found serendipitously aside my photos throughout my posts. Some of my favorite poets and quotes are by Helen Keller, John Muir, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Rabindranath Tagore, Khalil Gibran, Albert Camus and Robert Frost.

This poem in particular, “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost, has been a favorite poem since I was a little girl. His words of wisdom resonate strongly with my desire to explore the world to the fullest. Life is full of paths taken and not taken and it is up to us to decide which path to take. Sometimes we make the wrong choice but hopefully we learn from it.

I can finally say that after many years I’ve found the path I want to take. It took a long time to get here, through lots of awful jobs and soul searching – but somehow I found it and I am thrilled about the journey forward. I have many miles to go before I sleep and look forward to the long walk into the unknown.

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The Road Not Taken by 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;

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The Path taken

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.

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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.

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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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This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Half-Light. 

61 comments

  1. That’s also my all-time favorite poem and pretty much defines my life. I love your photos. They’re spectacular and quite suit the poem, and the challenge, as well. Well done! 🙂

      • Oh, thanks, glad you like it here, been following you for ages, such inspiring work and articles you do, arrogantly assumed you knew my stuff already, but guess I´m not very ´involved´ in that perspect 😉
        Greetings from Malaysia,
        Ron

      • Wow I didn’t know that Ron! I wish I had followed your blog sooner as I see I’ve missed a lot. As a busy mom I have found it tough to read as many blogs as I want to but as they get older more time opens up! Now I will get your posts in my email. Looking forward! 😊

      • No worries, I´m a househusband with enough spare time and I don´t feel like keeping up most of the time, but trying to be more frequent again 😉
        Hope you´ll like what´s coming!

      • So I must ask what a “househusband” is… I haven’t heard that term before! 😊 it’s been great blogging here at WP as I’ve met so many wonderful friends over the years and have even met some while traveling! I’m sure I will love your post. Your photography is amazing. I’m just an amateur. 😊

      • Oooh, the male version of housewife 😉 didnt know another term. Well, I´m an amateur as well, just now slowly trying to start up and try to become a little more professional, but especially interested if I can, cuz luckily there´s no financial pressure. Yeah, so true about WP, it is a very loyal and interesting group of people around there! Thanks

      • That’s so cool! So do you have children or just you and your wife? I see you’ve been traveling for awhile. Are you in Asia for your wife’s job? I feel like I’m being nosy but I’m always so curious to learn about other people’s lives! 😊 I’m lucky because I married my best friend and we’ve been together since I was 22 and now I’m 44 going on 24 as I never feel like I’m growing up in a way. Kids are 11 and 9 but ironically enough I’m traveling more now than ever . Doors are opening up. 😊

      • Haha, no, I agree, it´s interesting to learn about other lives, just happy I didnt have to be nosy to ask you. We don´t have any children, my wife´s working IKEA which helps us travel around (and we met half my life ago in Holland), so after 5 years around Spain, now it´s KL. And without children spontaneous travel is easier, but it shouldnt hold you back, oh, I´m 42, but same as you, feel like I´m still 24, guess I adjusted to the Chinese here reading it backwards 😉

      • Pretty cool! Yes I met my husband at 20 years old and we’ve been together since 22 so 20 years! We took the long process of getting married, having kids, took our time and I’m so glad we did as we don’t have a lot of time together without the kids. But all is well! 🙂 As my dad says about age, he just says he is 63 + 10. I like that.

      • pS your photos are so amazing I can’t call you an amateur! I only use auto settings but then process them. I’d love to truly learn how to use all the settings. I have a post coming up that is an interview I did of a National Geographic
        Photographer. Stay tuned…

      • Oh, cool interested to read that, thanks for the compliment, more people around me start pushing me to go forward, but forward for me is enjoying more the places i visit and photographing more, not putting in the time to market myself, hate that part 😉

    • Thanks So much Russ! I had fun playing around withy the photos to create the mood. The photo of the path in the mountains is my favorite as it reminds me of the journey of life.

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  3. maamej

    Lovely choice of poem and absolutely stunning pics. Looks like you have definitely chosen the right road.

  4. Ah Nicole, so beautiful and words that resonate with my soul. You and I have both found our roads in life I feel. How blessed we are. I love the photos you’ve chosen as well, perfectly matched with an inspiring poem.

  5. “I can finally say that after many years I’ve found the path I want to take” That must be one of the loveliest sentences to hear anyone say/write. It’s taken me many years to reach that point.

    • Wow, thank you! Well, since I am considered “mid-age” I believe at 44 I’m glad I figured it out! 🙂 Of course there are always little forks in the road but as long as I keep moving forward I’m happy. 🙂

  6. It is indeed a beautiful poem full of inspiring words and reflections related to travel but also one’s life journey. Really like the ‘smudging technique’ you used in the editing of your photos.

    • Thank you so much! I tried to make it look like you were peering through a hole. I liked the touch. It is the vignette feature I believe. 🙂

  7. Mike Hohmann

    ‘The Road Not Taken’ caught my eye… a favorite of mine too… then the beautiful photos…amazing! Well done.

    • Thanks! It looks like you’ve found a lot in my blog! 😊 it is rather unorganized as I have well over 1000 posts by now. I just keep going though.

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