Frost’s Forks and the Future
Despite being a big believer in life-long-learning and change and choice – when you combine your decisions with the passage of time, you realise that every past fork in the road has repercussions stretching to the present and beyond.
It is possible to live in denial, and to spend your life missing out on the bit you are currently living, by trying to rework or recapture a part of the past that is… past. This necessarily denies the present its right to be lived to the full.
It frustrates me when young people spend their lives preparing for the future instead of valuing their present as a valid state – they want to be things, achieve things, do things – all of which they seem to have pencilled in to a vague future – which may or may not be granted to them. I wish that they – and all other people would be all they can be in the present that they actually have, rather than in a possibly hypothetical future.
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 feel that for once I sound pessimistic – but I have no regrets. I like – love, even, decisions and choices – with out these we are not free. Freedom to choose and determine our course is priceless – and has been paid for by our history.
Every choice makes all the difference – so make them good ones!