The path to our dreams may be full of swirls and dips and dizzying patterns like the sidewalks in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

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Each of us must claim our own life. We are all born with an expiry date and though we have little control over much of what happens in life, how we respond is our decision. Realizing our dreams may not be easy and sometimes we may find ourselves alone.

Did you study this poem in school?

I discussed this poem with my students when I taught English. It was written by Robert Frost, an American poet and four time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and published in 1916.

What does this poem say to you?

The Road Not Taken

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 kept 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.

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Reflect on where you are in your life right now and the decisions you made to get here.

Did you ever take the road less traveled? If so, how has it impacted your life?

I’d welcome your comments.

I hope you enjoy my photographs.

Forest trail

Will you always take the straight road in life that has the end in sight?

beach on Lake Superior

If claiming your life puts you in conflict with others at times, are you willing to be alone?

Pine trail

My husband has often taken the road less traveled and this is one of my favourite pictures of him.