A had I chosen the other job,

A well-known saying people often refer to when making choices is taking the road less traveled by. Individuals use this phrase in regards to decisions they have made to make it seem as if they knew that their other option wouldn’t have had the best outcome. However, I disagree with this idea as I believe that things just happen. There is no way to tell how different decisions will impact our lives without making them. Throughout my life there are many instances where I have thought about what would have happened if I had done or said something differently. About a year ago I had applied for positions at a couple of local stores. Both of these stores had called me back and told me that they’d like to hire me. I was now given two options, or two different roads to choose between. I then took my chances with one of the options and my choice resulted in a beneficial outcome. I don’t know what would have happened had I chosen the other job, however, if I had chosen it the probability of a different outcome would have been unlikely. Robert Frost’s popular poem “The Road Not Taken” shows our ability to make choices between things, but also how we truly don’t know what the better choice is until we make that decision.Robert Frost’s, “The Road Not Taken”, is a poem about a man at a fork between two roads that seemed very similar. Frost compares the two roads and says “the passing therehad worn them really about the same. And both that morning equally lay. In leaves no step had trodden black.” What Frost means by this is that both of these roads seemed similar and neither of them was less traveled by. People frequently tell themselves that they made the best decision when choosing between two things. In reality, there is no right path. There is simply the path one chooses and the path not chosen. Frost ends this poem ironically with the line “I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” With this line Frost is showing the misconception that most people make after they’ve made a choice. Individuals often look back at their lives, the choices they’ve made, and assure themselves that their decisions have also made all the difference. Reading the poem we, as the reader, know that he didn’t choose the road less traveled by. Frost did as everyone else does, and made a decision not knowing the outcome and it just so happened to be a positive one. There are a plethora of instances in our lives where we want to look back on our choices and believe they had more impact than they actually did. Just as Frost had two options, so did I. I’m sure that when I grow old, if I were to tell this story to others, I will also say that my choice made all of the difference because of the events that took place as a result of it. In actuality, I’ll never know whether or not my decision was the right one due to the impossibility of knowing what would have happened had I taken the other job. Just as Frost will never know whether or not he chose the right road because he chose one as opposed to the other. Unfortunately there is no way to see into the future and look at what kind of impact a choice may have on our lives. Too much time is spent worrying about what would have happened if something had be done differently. We must accept things as they are and remember that things just happen the way they do.

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