If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise. — Robert Fritz
Over the course of our lives the roads upon which we walk are the result of choices — decisions we made actively or the consequences of passivity or failure to make decisions. At times these decisions seem unique, as if we cannot make a different choice later or we can only choose a path once. For many years I saw these roads as singular with neither opportunity nor reason to retrace those steps once I had traveled beyond the intersections that first led me there.
Retrospection and introspection as I have walked along my chosen paths made me realize that just as there is no singular path for our lives, there is little reason that most paths must be singular. There are definitely opportunities and situations that are singular or the paths that can only be found when certain choices are made along the way. However in most cases we have the opportunity to retrace our steps, revisit a path, or walk a path we walked on before while approaching from a different direction, with a different attitude or with different motivation or goal.
So what’s that got to do with anything?
Here I stand at a crossroads with many paths ahead. There is one I never expected to see again; one I said was a “been there, done that” road, never to be traveled again. Whether through circumstance or fate, I find myself drawn towards the road once traveled. Perhaps I am drawn to it because the journey ended abruptly and not-according-to-plan. Or maybe I’m just a serial masochist, determined to force myself down the path in order to say with conviction that I achieved my original goals. Only time will tell.
So yes, this is The Road Taken – not only because I’ve been down this road, but because I have knowingly chosen to walk down it again.