The name for this website was inspired by Walt Whitman’s poem, “The Road Not Taken.” Choices in my own life took me to a place where I was unsure of my next step. I had resigned from a position many folks aspire to. It was “secure” and paid exceptionally well.
So, I quit.
I finished a long-delayed bachelor’s degree, then went on to complete a master’s. I had long known I wanted to focus on writing, but couldn’t quite drum up the faith to take the leap into full-time freelancing.
I encouraged others to become entrepreneurs, but held back myself.
When Paul Potts made his rapid ascent from obscurity and poverty to plenty-of-cash stardom in 2006, I began pondering the two-roads concept earnestly. I began asking others whether they had ever experienced a “Roadturn” in life — one that really did make “all the difference.”
Let’s stop there, for now.
Let’s look at Whitman’s poem and then look within. Are you at a fork in the road? Have you been there before? Your story is welcome here.
The Road Not Taken
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.
(Walt Whitman – From “Leaves of Grass”)