The Road Not Taken
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
The other day I heard myself murmur this line without thinking, and it woke me up. I was deep in thought about The Healthy Work at Home Mom. I love celebrating milestones, so hitting the 1-year mark with this new baby is pretty exciting. In just a year, I’ve been able to connect with so many amazingly talented mamapreneurs. I’ve been interviewed on podcasts and published in Working Mother Magazine and even ranked as a top working mom blog.
I’ve also wrestled with some serious self- doubt. I’m talking constant growing pains, asking myself questions like…
“Who am I to teach this stuff?”
“What if it doesn’t work?”
“Do people on Facebook think I’m obsessed with myself?”
“What if I just quit today?”
The highs of entrepreneurship are truly amazing. That feeling of seeing my article in a national magazine still makes my stomach do flips. But about five minutes later, I was on to the next article, the next project, the next paycheck.
This is HARD work, and the thought of quitting is an almost daily occurrence, but then I remember one simple truth. That’s not me. I’m not normal. I didn’t stay a nurse like I was “supposed” to do. I didn’t go back to school for training on this. I didn’t stop when friends and acquaintances squinted and turned their heads as I tried to explain my blog.
In high school we each had to choose a poem to recite in front of the class. We had to memorize it, and I was dreading my turn. I remember flipping through a book of poems, half reading, half complaining about this assignment, when I came across Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken.
Something about this poem captured me. Even as that awkward 15 year-old, I got chills every time I read it and quickly became obsessed. I recited it to myself until it was burned into my brain, which is why I remembered it just the other day. It’s also the reason that I can still recite the Our Father in Anglo Saxon (we had an eccentric english teacher.)
So when my turn came, I was ready. Usually nervous to speak in front of my class, I stood up there and spoke clearly without even trying. That poem carried me, and it still does today.
The Road Not Taken perfectly describes the risks we are all taking each and every day. Yes, you could choose the right path, the one that you’ve seen before, the one that you’re supposed to take.
Or you could take that windy less traveled path. The one full of twists and turns, doubts and fears, but also the most incredible sunrises. When you get an inkling that you want to do something different, something more, something bigger, you get to choose between stuffing it down or playing it out. And I’m here to tell you, just stuffing it down is NOT the safe choice.
We always assume that staying in your regular job and walking the normal path is safe. But how safe is it to deny your deepest desires? To rationalize away your dreams?
No way, not us. Walking down the road less traveled is terrifying and awkward and exhilarating. No map, no signs, just a little hope and a lot of grace.
So whether you’re just starting to hear that little inkling or you’re fully in the swamp of the road not taken, I am sending you love and courage. I know this road is not easy, but it is so so worth it.
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.
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