NaBloPoMo: March 15, 2010 “The Road Less Traveled By…”
March 15, 2010 “The Road Less Traveled By…”
Today, as I made my way to my job, I was daydreaming just a little. The trip is nearly 25 miles door to door and it takes about half an hour. I have some time to think when I’m alone in the car. Today I was thinking. I pass by the same places every day, I notice them differently on different days, but they are always there exactly where they were the day before and the day before that and so on. I make the same turns at the same places every day. I go the same speed. I meet the same cars, at least figuratively they are the same cars, the same trucks and vans and all the other vehicles out on the road…every day at the same time. I do this day in and day out as I rush up this road to a dead end. My road ends at a factory where I spend 8 hours working at a job that, while not a terrible job, does not make me happy and certainly isn’t going to make me rich, far from it. I don’t need to be rich. I need to be happy. I need to feel like I have more purpose; like I’m making a difference in some way. I know what some of the readers will say…”Oh, Tracy you do have purpose and you do make a difference.” Thank you in advance, but I need to feel that within my own heart, in my being. Blessed is the man that can say he truly enjoys the job he’s paid to do. I get paid to do my job, I do not, however, enjoy it.
I guess I must have awoke pensive and introspective this Ides of March, that must be it.
As I made my way along this road today I thought of the poem by Robert Frost: The Road Not Taken. I wonder if 29 years ago I had taken “the road less traveled by” would I be traveling this long, monotonous road today? Or, would I be getting up in the mornings to do something that gives me happiness and a feeling of fulfillment? If I had taken the road less traveled by it could have made all the difference.