The Road Not Taken

Daily writing prompt
What could you do differently?

This poem by Robert Frost well expresses my feelings on the topic of today’s prompt.

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.

from The Poetry Foundation

I think the point of the poem is that regret is useless, and that the two roads, which seem so different, in the end are very similar (see the verses: “as just as fair”, “the passing there/ Had worn them really about the same” and “both that morning equally lay”). In my reading, the final line is ironic: “that has made all the difference” meaning, it has made no difference at all, since both roads were more or less the same.

In the same way, I do not feel regret for my past choices, but instead try to focus on the positive outcomes.I feel that the what-ifs only make me miserable, but also stop me from focusing on what it is I can do now to change myself and the world, in order to make things better. So I try to stay away from overthinking about my past mistakes, and instead learn from them without feeling regret and move on.

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