Monday, 28 December 2015

The Road not taken

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.
                                                                                                              -Robert Frost

A poem based on the choices that one makes. Poet mentions that the person described in the poem, at last, chooses the secluded path that is the road that was less traveled by people.
It suggests that whichever road one takes, one always regrets for not choosing the other one, in the end.
I reckon, you might have got the idea of the argument being broached, by now.
We, being humans, are habitually inclined towards following the crowd. There's no harm to go mainstream, in fact it's the most innocuous option.
Most of the people live such kind of life, they grow up, earn for their living and die leaving no change in their surroundings. Despite being harmless, going mainstream is yet the biggest mistake that we often make while making decisions.

For instance, let's talk about our childhood, how many of you have actually tried learning things that were out of your syllabus? How many of you have thought of being friends with the most infamous faces of your batch? Anyone?
We all tend to make the choices that have already been prescribed by the society. I, personally, took computer engineering, not because I had a profound interest in software, but because I thought it's what most of the intelligent people opt for.
Taking a risk has no harm, believe me. You'll either succeed or fail, but either way you'll gain an experience that will always make you a stronger person and perhaps you'll find the right direction one day or the other. You have got one heck of a ride called life, to live and not to get feared of.
The need of the hour is to break the taboos and make a change, to leave a change in this orbit, before you die. Isn't it?
This world is full of wannabes, it doesn't need more of 'em. Be the one, who you actually are, without giving a damn about the reaction of your friends or friends of friends or friends of friends of friends...and so on...
We Indians, have to follow some cultural rules and contours. If YOU'RE comfortable with them, you must follow them. After all, it's your choice that matters, but now a days, I see most of the young generation faking it in front of their parents and fooling around.

If you don't like it, just tell them, there's no point in being a 'sati sawitri' in front of your parents and being just the opposite in clubs and discs. What I'm trying to say is, if you're different, accept it with pride. You must be happy and proud of what you are, and if people don't accept you for it, let it be how it is.
And that will never be a case, IF they actually care for you.

Being a transgender or a homosexual is just one's choice, same as being a working woman or being a house husband or being a cricketer is. And it's a cruel reality that you might get offended by the society, many a times. But at least you will be happy at the end of the day since you'll be living for YOURSELF and not for others.

Cheers to being Original! :) 

  1. yes, very true.
    I enjoyed article a lot.

  2. This is such a thought-provoking post dear. I have so longed to stand out in the crowd and step out-of-the-box but unfortunately, say due to circumstances had to follow the crowd and go along the mainstream genre. Your post really inspires me and the entire youth to cut the crap and follow their hearts. Glad to have you back darling! Keep blogging. Hugs

    1. I'm so glad that it could inspire you. I hope that you follow the path that you've been yearning for. Big Hug. :*

  3. Spot on, Deeshani. I keep doing that, despite it's not me!! Guilty of taking Economics coz this is what serious intellectuals are. How wrong I was! Now, I realize that I should have opted for mass comm or film making. The post has pepped me up and we should stop living a life of lies.

    1. Yes, Vishal, we all our guilty of some decisions that are took for the sake of society. I'm glad you've realized your interests and choices. :)

  4. Hi Deeshani

    After a long time? Hope everything's well! I appreciate your frank and fearless thoughts on those sensitive issues. The same message is given by Krishna in Geeta by Swadharma concept. :)

    Have a great yearend and happy new year! :)

    1. Hey Ravish, everything's fine. Actually, I was busy with the placements and still stuck in the dilemma of whether to choose a startup or an established company.
      Thanks for your kind words.

      And a very happy new year to you too! :)

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    3. Hmm... life shaping choice! I'm sure you'll smoothly figure it out. All the best! :)

    4. I hope for the same :D Thank you!

  5. Exactly, I keep on preaching this on my Twitter account 😊

    Good to hear from you after long.

  6. Are you really back this time? :)
    Nice views. I hope we all make the right choices, and respect others for doing the same. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year :)

    1. I hope that I am, this time. :)
      Thank you Teny. :) May you have a great year ahead. Happy new year!

  7. Good to see you writing in a non-judgmental manner on such sensitive topics Deeshani. We need to make choices in life and when one is convinced about something, one gathers the conviction and courage to take the path.

    1. Yes, you're right. Thank you. :) Wish you a very Happy New Year. :)

  8. Nice one Deeshani, cheers to being the real selves and who we are. I think a great deal of effort goes into pretending. Maybe we do it just cos we do not want to be cast away from the society or the people we love. But I agree, there is greater sense in being original and true to our selves.

    1. I agree with what you just said, sometimes we have to pretend for our loved ones, but rather than pretending I think we should just try to make them comfortable with who we are, and we should also mould ourselves if we are getting on the wrong side. :)


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