Happy New Year! I wish you health, happiness and joy.
It’s time for this month’s Tell Us About…. a link up hosted by some lovely ladies (including me) from all over the world. You can see who they are at the end of the post and I encourage you to visit their blogs and check out what they have written for this month’s prompt.
Each month one of the members selects a topic/prompt and this month it is Tell Us About……The Road Not Taken. This month’s prompt was suggested by the lovely Mary Katherine from MK’s Adventures.
The trajectory of our lives is so often determined by specific “pivot points”, where something “turns on a dime”. I think we can all think back on how things might have been different, or “thank God for unanswered prayers”
I’ve read the summaries of the other contributors and I can’t wait to read their take on this prompt. You can find the links to their websites at the end of this post.
Reflect but don’t regret the Road Not Taken
For all of us I’m sure we have often thought ‘I wonder if’, ‘I shoulda, coulda‘, reflected on decisions made which in hindsight were not really good choices or they were missed opportunities.
For me, there have been several points in my life (which I like to keep personal) where I often ponder what life would have been like if I had made other choices or taken a different road or not made choices based on what others wanted or they ‘felt was the right thing for me’. Reflecting on missed opportunities, by not taking a road because of fear or self-doubt. How naive I was.
Now with the benefit of wisdom through aging and life experience, I fall into the category of ‘I wish I had known then what I know now’. Again many of us feel that way, I’m sure.
Looking back and reflecting on decisions made in the past can highlight lessons learned.
It is good to reflect but regretting can be detrimental to our well-being. The past has happened and we can’t reclaim it. Reflecting on but not regretting and being able to let go of those feelings can be a positive experience.
If I had not taken the path that I did, I would not have my darling husband, beautiful children and grandchildren, my cherished friendships. I would not be the person I am today.
Regretting the road not taken can often lead to feelings of nostalgia and a sense of missed opportunities. However, it’s important to realize that each path we choose shapes our experiences and who we become. Rather than dwelling on what could have been, we can focus on the lessons learned and the growth that comes from the paths we did choose. Embracing the present and looking forward to future opportunities can lead to a fulfilling and positive outlook on life. Each road offers its own set of adventures and it’s the journey that makes life truly meaningful.
It’s Never too Late
It’s never too late to change! It’s never too late to take new roads and new paths.
Now at 66, I know myself, my needs and desires. I’m more open to opportunities and trying new things. My WOTY 2024 is Freedom and part of being free is letting go of past regrets and things that rob me of joy and embrace life and all it has to offer. Maybe taking that road and discovering where it leads and if it isn’t the right path it’s been an experience. Enjoying the journey and changing the path if it isn’t right for you.
We can miss out on experiences and opportunities because fear or self doubt holds us back. I’m ‘freeing’ up my mindset to live life and embrace changes and experiences as they come my way.
“Seize every opportunity along the way, for how sad it would be if the road you chose became the road not taken.”Robert Breault
So that’s my take on the prompt Road Not Taken.
How would you have responded to the Tell Us About… prompt for January? I’d love you share with me.
Until next time….
Tell Us About….Contributors
Gail from Is This Mutton Gail from Is This Mutton took a different view, looking at two roads she was forced to take. How did they turn out? The result is surprising. Find her post at https://www.isthismutton.com
Deb from Deb’s World (Australia) – Debbie misread this prompt and so has gone on and on about the road less travelled in her post – the way she came to be a teacher via a different route than most would take. As she shows, the road less travelled isn’t always easy; it requires courage to step away from the crowd and define your own story, but she is a firm believer that we should celebrate the beauty of forging our own paths. Find her post at https://www.debs-world.com
Suzy from The Grey Brunette (Brit living in Portugal) – From planning a future in psychology in England to an unexpected love on her 16th birthday, Suzy’s journey unfolds, proving that the road not travelled led her to a life she wouldn’t change for anything. Find her post at. https://www.thegreybrunette.com/the-road-not-travelled
Leslie from Once Upon a Time, Happily Ever After – For this month’s prompt, Leslie is briefly reflecting on what might have been while being cautious not to spend too much time looking back as that is not the direction we’re moving in. Find her post at https://onceuponatimehappilyeverafter.com/
Marsha, from Marsha In the Middle – Marsha knows the roads she could have taken at certain points in her life. But, those roads weren’t winding, tree lined, and ending at her happily ever after. The road not travelled could have been all that and more. Does she regret it? Hmmm…you’ll need to click on over to see! Find her post at https://marshainthemiddle.com/ .
Penny from Frugal Fashion Shopper – Penny definitely did not take one road she should have taken, but did go down another road, which was worth the effort, but she still thinks about that missed opportunity. Find her post at https://frugalfashionshopper.co.uk/
Mary Katherine from MK’s Adventures – Mary Katherine chose this month’s prompt, thinking about how our lives’ trajectories are so often determined by a few key decisions, often when we are too young to have the benefit of our own experience or perspective. See if her reflections make you think of those pivotal points in your own life, and how things might have gone differently, for better or for worse. Find her post here: https://mksadventure.com/
Australian blogger Jill from Grownup Glamour wonders where she would be now if she had followed other paths. Find her post at https://grown-upglamour.com/2024/01/tell-us-about-the-road-not-travelled.html