The Road Not Taken

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The Path It is a fact of life that decisions must be made in order for a person to progress through life. One cannot simply make the decision to sit in an infinite state of neutrality. The simplest daily processes are decisions that have been made, whether they are conscious decisions or unconscious decisions. It does not matter if the decisions are right or wrong. That in itself is not important because right and wrong is entirely subjective. The only important motion in play is that a decision has been made. Robert Frost captivates with his poem “The Road Not Taken.” Frost, in few words, brings to light the decisions that all functioning humans will be faced with. When Frost says, “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,” (1) these roads…show more content…
It happened and is now a small log in the history book of one’s life. Frost says, “Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I shall ever come back” (13-15). Here, the traveler excitedly expresses a decision to take the second path with intentions to return to and travel down the first; however, he quickly realizes that this is not a choice that his life will likely allow. As decisions go, life will rarely allow for a redo of sorts. It seems that the traveler did not anticipate coming to this fork in the road, but nevertheless he did. Reasonably, he has understood that he must take a path knowing that he will not return to the other path. One must use this logic when making the most difficult of decisions in life because it is reasonable to believe that choice is permanent. Decisions are simply that, decisions. The lesson and story learned from a decision is the most valuable piece of the puzzle of life. It is important never to forget the other choice that was not made. If one remembers the choice they made, they can help their loved ones navigate the rough waters of life. “I shall be telling this with a sigh somewhere ages and ages hence” (16-17). The traveler knows he will hold on to this fork in the road long into his future. He wishes to tell the story of the fork that came to, and let it be known of the path he took. Perhaps, this part of the poem

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