Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
— Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken
That path of least resistance–the easy road. The narrator in Frost’s classic poem chose against the well-worn, oft-chosen path. In a modern vernacular, he chose not to be a sheep.
Old-versed wisdom, that has been verbally traded for so long it’s origins are muddied, attests that anything worth doing is going to be difficult. In other words, reward is directly related to effort. Maybe you are more familiar with the expression, “there are no hand-outs in life” or “nothing in life is free”; if not one of these, you have heard a version, for the message is significant and bears repeating.
Possibly the greatest legacy we can leave our children is a good work ethic. Regardless the job, regardless the goal, give 110% and leave it all on the table. Work diligently toward the objective. Leave no question about the effort you put into anything. Not only will this define you as an individual, it will pay dividends in rewarding your investment.
So, why this sudden tangent?
Anyone who is close to our family knows the changes we have went through over the last few years. There is a lesson to be learned in all things, and what I have walked away with is that we need to be willing to take risk. I have tried to break free from conformity to not only seize my own dreams and aspirations but also inspire my children.
At the end of the day, my family is my all. I never want them to experience the regret of taking the sheep path. The only way to teach that is to live it. Thus, I have been and will continue to step outside the box and choose that road “less traveled by”.
After all, isn’t this the epitome of chaos? The overgrown, chaotic road may indeed be the road to your dreams. Don’t make excuses to avoid the chaos. Embrace it, mold it, make it your own, and create that path for which you and your children can be proud of.