The Road Not Taken
Have you ever had to decide which road to take? Life doesn’t allow the luxury of following each and every pathway. That nagging feeling that you may have missed out always lurks somewhere in the back of your mind.
While travelling abroad as a younger man, I often had the feeling that the highlight of my entire vacation would be just around the next corner. This obsession of mine often made my travelling companions quite frustrated. The Pyramids, the Eiffel Tower and the Roman Colosseum are no-brainers. Of course you have to see these sights if you have a chance. However, I personally prefer serendipity. I love stumbling upon a gem that very few tourists have ever seen or experienced, don’t you? It is this very same nagging feeling that keeps compelling me to explore the mountain roads in Japan. I cannot travel down each and every road, but at least I can try to do justice to the one I chose to travel by:
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.
(By Robert Frost)