“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both…”
– Robert Frost, “The Road Not Taken”
Sometimes in life, we come to a place where we feel as though we’re standing at a fork in the road, unsure of which path to take. Maybe we start enthusiastically down one path, only to turn around midway and realize that we should have taken the other. But when we start heading back, that path seems to have closed for good.
Or maybe it becomes too late to turn back at all. We are determined to follow our first chosen path to the end, then once we arrive at the end, we realize it’s not what we want… and the journey back to the fork in the road where we started would be too long. We might even reach the end of our lives before we get back to where we were.
Intuition and our own happiness meter ought to tell us which path is right, right? But what if the path that makes you happy is one that won’t fulfill you in terms of financial stability or career? A path that’s full of “all the good things” in life (money, lucrative career, nice car, etc.) might seem to be the right one, but… what if those things don’t make you happy? Everyone’s definition of happiness is different. I suppose the smart move would be to do what makes you happy, regardless of whether or not it might seem “right” in the eyes of society or your peers.
How do you know when you’ve gotten on the path that will make you happy forever? Some paths may grant temporary happiness – and that’s fine. But what about the path that leads to lasting happiness? How do you know when you’ve reached it? Intuition – so ephemeral – like a flash in the dark? As I said before, I suppose it’s different for each person. Only YOU can know what makes YOU happy, whether it’s the popular decision or not.
Now that I’ve repeated myself a few times… I shall end this post. 🙂