Robert Frost would have us believe that there are only two paths (according to traditional thoughts about the famous poem). One that everyone follows and the other only a select few traverse. I always wanted to be one of the select few who took the road less traveled.
In some ways, I suppose I am one of those people, trying to make my way down a path that most don’t attempt or perhaps don’t even realize is an option. In other ways, I am so following the well traversed path that I am smack dab in the middle.
There is a third option.
The third option started forming when I saw the inspirational word of the day from WordPress yesterday, “aimless.” I used to say I am aimlessly wondering through life. It sounded so interesting. It certainly sounded more interesting than saying, “I’m working a job I don’t really like just like everyone else.”
But the third option didn’t fully come to me until I was looking through my photos and found one of a path. A completely straight and narrow path leading up a hill (or down a hill depending on your perspective). When I thought about the word aimless and how I used to describe myself despite the obvious path I was walking, I discovered the third option.
I walk the path, but I tend to wander off. I take little side trips whenever I see something interesting. I would never try to new things, take any type of risk, or learn something completely different if I simply stay on the path. My side trips take me into new territory and out of my comfort zone. They allow me to explore the world and myself.
I’m not sure I can honestly describe myself as aimlessly wandering through life. It isn’t very accurate, and it certainly wasn’t accurate when I said it often. I should have said I was mindlessly wandering through life. Mindlessly was closer to the truth. These days, I am wandering, exploring, and learning, but I wouldn’t call it aimless. I have goals even if they are vague.
I can’t say I am on the path.
At least not today.
Maybe I’ll head back tomorrow.