You know the classic Robert Frost poem. The road less traveled…. Why is the road less traveled? Probably for a handful of reasons, but who wouldn’t be curious to know what’s down that road. Yet, all the time, people go down the easy way. The known way.
I think that exploration in general is something that we all should be doing more. Explore to simply explore, and purposeful exploration is a really valuable way to gain insight and to learn about yourself!
That road less traveled is often referenced when you have to make a serious life decision. A new job… a big change… etc. But I think that there are lots of little “forks” that show up throughout our daily life. We spot it, and keep going on our merry ways.
But those little decisions can add up.
Think about all those times you’ve thought to yourself, “Oh, I’d love to learn more about photography!” or “Maybe I should take on that project even though it seems a little intimidating…” and so on…
What if you ended up exploring those “roads” and found a new passion or interest. (At the very least, you might discover something that you’re not interested in anymore.)
For me, my hesitations to explore that new road are either because I’m nervous or I don’t feel like committing the time. But both of those are just not really valid reasons. They’re simply excuses. And when you add up all the decisions and all the excuses… you really just end up with a lot of missed opportunities.
And we wouldn’t want that.
I’m committing to checking my fears at the door and exploring those random roads that turn up on my life path, who knows where I’ll end up.