Life has a way of slowing us down if we too fast…..you see, I’m a firm believer that one can only travel as fast their feet will let them. But I seem to travel as fast as my mind allows, and sometimes I end up getting “disconnected”. When this happens usually the only cure is to find nature, in it’s own state.
Sunday was a day of recovery. A spiritual reconnection to the world of nature, to allow time for myself to SLOW down. Sometimes I know I have too much on my plate, and not enough time to enjoy my life. That is why travel is such a therapeutic expedition for me. Time to relax, time to smell the flowers…..literally!
So in my car I drug my weary body and drove off into the wilderness for an afternoon of photography. Deep in the Maine woods I drove, until I came upon some familiar sights, I had lost track of during the last 10 years or so. The road less traveled, indeed it is the route I chose.
ROAD LESS TRAVELED
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 onto 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 took the one less traveled by
And that has made all the difference
Frost’s poem says a lot in a few words. Sometimes we are all held hostage by ourselves, and feel as though we have no where to turn. I often find myself caught up in life’s daily problems. Human beings have the natural urge to distance themselves from others when they feel certain overwhelming emotions approaching. This can include crying, laughing, mourning, or just deep thinking. One’s personal desires for isolation in these instances are, of course, largely dependent on the type of personality one has. An individual that is more extroverted may not mind others seeing their emotional side and therefore would not seek isolation. On the other hand, a more introverted person might be more self-conscious about their showing of emotion, and seek an out-of-the-way retreat. That’s what I did on Sunday…..