All Roads Lead To…?

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;

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,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

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.

I was a freshman in high school when I first read Robert Frost’s poem, “The Road Not Taken”. While finding it interesting, I can’t say that it evoked much feeling in me. Then again at the age of 14, I hadn’t found myself at a crossroads requiring a decision that would affect the rest of my life. Throughout the years, I’ve re-read this poem many times and it has conjured up a myriad of feelings depending upon where I found myself in my life and how I felt about where I was.

Sometimes I thought that I had taken that less traveled road and I was proud of myself for that. Fast-forward to another moment in time, and that less traveled road found me feeling lonely and isolated. Then there were all the times that I felt like I had traveled the well-worn path along with the masses and that belief left me feeling bored and not at all unique.

Recently I began to ask a different question when thinking about this poem and the proverbial “road not taken”. What if there are no un-taken roads? What if we manage to take each of the roads instead of choosing only one? How is that possible? It may be possible if the theory of parallel lives is true.

For a long time I’ve sensed that there is more to our existence and reality than what we can gather from our five senses. It has seemed to me that our relatively short time here on Earth, even if you live to an old age, is minuscule compared to the age of the universe. Why, then, would we only have 40, 50, 80 years of consciousness and then either nothing or an eternity of bliss or anguish? It doesn’t make sense to me.

Therefore, I’ve thought that the idea of reincarnation makes sense. I tend to believe that we keep learning and growing after our life on Earth ends. Whether that means coming back to Earth or learning some other way, I don’t know. I just know that I don’t believe in a “one-shot, you’re in Heaven, Hell or nothingness” approach to the afterlife.

Even this has not completely satisfied me when I think about all the “missed” opportunities within one lifetime. So, what if whenever we come to one of those “fork in the road” decisions, one part of us chooses one path and somewhere in a parallel universe, the other one of us goes down the other path? Paths then fork again and again with parallel lives having all kinds of experiences all benefiting the enlightenment of the soul.

Have you ever wondered how your life would have been different had you made a different decision? What if you had chosen this person instead of that one? What if you had majored in college in something you really wanted instead of what you thought would get you a job? What if? What if?”

What if the only choice is which lifetime you consciously remember?

6 thoughts on “All Roads Lead To…?

  1. I often wonder that myself – especially the college thing. I did major in something I wanted and was happy with it however, I always wondered if I would have had more supportive parents that told me I was smart and not ones that said, “Just make it through something and pass.” if I wouldn’t have gone into the medical field. People say “no regrets” and I get that but there are a few ex gf’s I regret ever getting involved with 😉

  2. Hey you! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I know exactly what you’re talking about. It’s hard not to have regrets. I find that the two times of the year that I focus on regrets and my “failures” most are my birthday and New Year’s Eve. I’m trying to give myself a break but it’s hard when you feel that time is slipping away. Perhaps if there’s really an eternity of time, then what are we worried about? That’s one of the things that appeals to me about the theory of parallel lives.

  3. I think what I’m going to focus on this New Years Eve is instead of all these resolutions I’m going to vow things that I won’t ever do again – like wear a cardigan or worn out sneakers and flip off people in traffic. Those kinds of things – I’m developing a list….

  4. Hi there Kelly It’s your Lets Talk Dusty mate here! Really liking your blog. Have you ever watched the film Sliding Doors? Your comments about life choices really reminded me of that film. If you haven’t seen it you should definitely check it out.x

  5. Hi Amanda! I knew it was a good idea to list my blog url over on LTD. 😉 Thank you for stopping by over here and for your kind words about my blog. I have seen “Sliding Doors” and I liked it. Maybe it’s time to re-watch it.

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