A window into my world…
I still remember my first read of Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken. Not only did it strike a chord in me through its beauty and poesie, but it felt like the worded mirror of a state of mind and contemplation that I very often find myself in.
I have been “on the road” a fair bit and part of my great pleasure in life is not knowing what that next step will be. Every moment is one that could completely change my life which makes everything so exciting!
I enjoy meeting new people, exchanging thoughts and discovering new personalities and backgrounds; the building of relationships is fascinating to me. You simply never know who you are going to meet and each encounter can change you. I live my life very aware of this.
All we need to make sure of is that we don’t begin contemplating what might have been. After all, all roads in life lead to other forks and it is the experience along the way that counts, so in the face of uncertainty, one might as well cut out the regret and replace the “could have been” with making the now a constant discovery, and make life a hell of a fun ride.
My road has now led me to Shanghai, China. I’ve always loved writing and some months ago I wanted a blog. I wanted to write and share about my time here, trying to give an idea of expat and local life.
I leave you with the soothing voice of Robert Frost:
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.