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Reflect, but don’t regret the Road Not Taken

January 18, 2024

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.

She explains:

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.

Reflect but don't regret the Road Not Travelled

“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….

Sue Loncaric

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 herehttps://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

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21 Comments

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee January 18, 2024 at 06:56

    I really love that quote you found. In putting mine together, I discovered an almost nomadic friend of mine’s road not taken was my normal life, and my road not taken was her normal life….so the road not taken is not set, and varies for all of us. And yes, regret is a difficult emotion. But if you make decisions with the best of your ability with what you know at the time, you really can have no regrets. Great post!

  • Reply Debbie January 18, 2024 at 10:52

    This was a great post Sue and highlights the benefits of wisdom as we age. That quote is perfect as Lydia mentions, and letting of the past is important if all it does is cause us angst and regrets. I also love hoe you say ‘I’m ‘freeing’ up my mindset to live life and embrace changes and experiences as they come my way.’, a great way to use your WOTY. Fabulous insights and a lovely post for this prompt. Thanks for helping me to clarify my thoughts on the topic too, you’re a great co-host and friend. xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 19, 2024 at 06:13

      It was a great prompt, wasn’t it Deb? I have enjoyed reading everyone’s take on it. ‘Freedom’ is slowly starting to show itself in different forms as I explore it as my WOTY.

  • Reply marsha57 January 18, 2024 at 14:34

    I love this post, Sue! I’m afraid mine comes across as regretful yet I’m not. I regret the missed experiences, but I don’t regret my choices. This was a very thought-provoking prompt, and I can’t wait to read everyone’s. I think you summed it up perfectly with “I wish I had known then what I know now.”

    https://marshainthemiddle.com/

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 19, 2024 at 06:16

      I don’t think you came across as regretful, Marsha. I enjoyed your post and learning more about you. Like you I don’t regret my choices because I’m happy where I am right now. Have a lovely weekend. x

  • Reply Toni Pike January 18, 2024 at 15:31

    That was very wise and thought provoking, Sue x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 19, 2024 at 06:17

      Hi Toni, I’m sure your Road not travelled story would be very interesting. I’d love to hear it sometime. Have a lovely weekend. x

  • Reply Joanne January 18, 2024 at 20:47

    My road not taken is pretty much everyone else’s normal… I elected to stay home with my kids and didn’t end up entering the workforce at all. Then we turned to homeschooling and we got further away from everyone else’s ideas of normal. We never did the after school rush of sports and activities since we managed to do the majority of ours during the day and we enjoyed lots of family dinners and time together instead.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 19, 2024 at 06:19

      I think our roads are what we make of them, Joanne and you obviously have enjoyed your road. You have a beautiful, close family and who wants to be like everyone else anyway? Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely weekend. x

  • Reply Gail Is This Mutton January 19, 2024 at 01:22

    Great take Sue, I don’t have any regrets about the paths I chose, except for 1 job in the early 90s, but I didn’t stay there too long. I’m enjoying all these posts. So much wisdom and experience behind our words.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 19, 2024 at 06:20

      I’m really enjoying this prompt and everyone’s contribution, Gail. You certainly have had a very interesting life. x

  • Reply mkmiller09393 January 19, 2024 at 03:01

    Much wisdom here, Sue – and haven’t we women earned that wisdom over the years! I’m so glad everyone’s enjoying this prompt. Off to try to stay warm – way below freezing here!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 19, 2024 at 06:21

      Hi Mary Katherine! We are melting in 34C heat whilst you are freezing! I really enjoyed your prompt – writing my thoughts but also reading everyone else’s take on the prompt. It was a winner in my book. Have a lovely weekend and thanks for stopping by. x

  • Reply Penny January 20, 2024 at 01:08

    That was such good prompt and you are very wise, Sue. I do love how you say don’t dwell on the regrets.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 22, 2024 at 16:27

      I loved the prompt Penny and greatly enjoyed reading everyone’s contributions. I wonder what our next one will be? x

  • Reply patwdoyle11 January 20, 2024 at 04:43

    I’ve always loved the poem about taking the road less travelled, which came to mind more so with this quote. I’ve looked back at times thinking what if… especially on major life decision points. But then I come back to where I am – the life I have now – and I would not change that for anything!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 22, 2024 at 16:28

      I’m the same Pat, I probably have made choices which were controversial but as you say I wouldn’t change the life I have now so obviously the choices I made took me on the right path. Enjoy your week.x

  • Reply Bernie January 20, 2024 at 15:56

    Regrets take the joy out of what we did do. Love the quote at the end and yes, the good thing about aging, is we know ourself so much better.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 22, 2024 at 16:33

      I love your thought about Regret and taking the joy out of what we did to, Bernie. Thanks for your comment and have a lovely week. x

  • Reply Melynda Egger Brown January 25, 2024 at 22:58

    Sue, I love this message, reflect yes, but don’t regret. We all have things we could or now would do differently, but maintaining happiness with what you do have, is key to future happiness. Thank you.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 28, 2024 at 09:31

      Hi Melynda thank you for your kind words and I’m pleased you enjoyed the message from my post. x

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