Have you ever made a decision in your life which you regretted until now? Or perhaps, wondering what life you would be living if you happen to travel the other path? Do you think you will become happier, contented, and successful?
Everyone creates their own definition of success. They carve the path they desire to take to find it and to live in a perennial cloud nine eventually – that at some point might not be the same with how you create yours, not the road you visualize to be walked upon. You may define success by possessing luxurious jewelries and branded bags and cars, but other may say that it is simply having the chance to satisfy their hunger thrice a day. As much as we want to explicate what success truly means, it’ll absolutely differ from other people’s perception– depending on a certain instance.
Let’s begin to not comparing yourself to others, to your friends who got promoted to their dream jobs, or to your relatives who are about to launch their businesses. You are not on the same boat with them; everyone’s rough sailing is totally incomparable. The challenges you may encounter along your voyage differ from theirs. Although you are on the same sea, you must not compare yours with them because the wave this life gives you is different. Perhaps, other people’s journey is smooth because Poseidon, God of the sea, has been benevolent to them but not to you. What I’m trying to say is that even you think this world has been so cruel to you, you should still believe in yourself that you will apparently finish your journey with a big smile on your face, even if no one lend you a hand when you needed one.
It’s definitely fine to feel lost in this labyrinth called life. It’s fine to be confused as to what certain track we should consider that in the end, we can see ourselves grasping the things we yearningly dream of. Yet despite these uncertainty and dilemma, we also need to make bold actions. As a matter of fact, Robert Frost’s poem entitled “The Road Not Taken” in 1916 highlighted that we have to take risks once in our lives so that we won’t regret anything later. In the lines, Two roads diverged in a wood, and I– / I took the one less travelled by, / And that has made all the difference, Frost, who believed to be the persona of the poem, was in the middle of his travel when he must decide as to which way he will take between the two roads – the path that everyone seems familiar about or the path that’s less traveled by. Along the way, he sighed (line 16) – an expression that can be interpreted as relief, regret, or hesitation; nevertheless, in the end, he chose to travel the road that is less trodden upon which would absolutely change his entire life. Same as reality, it takes every ounce of courage to defy the norms what most people deemed to follow. As much as we cannot predict the future, taking the reroute might bring us to where we actually should be. In fact, other people’s path may be not be suitable for you, so you have be brave enough to follow your own path even if you have to do it alone.
Whichever path you will take, you’ll be facing a lot of hurdles and ordeals along the way and will have uncertain thoughts about where it’s heading to. Indeed, life is a maze that’s full mystery and surprises. If you genuinely think that it will lead you to the better version of yourself, don’t be afraid to take the risk.