The beauty of the road less taken.

The Beauty Of The Road Less Taken

In Motherhood, Parenting by Jen30 Comments

Usually when I visit a new place and drive by all of the houses and places people work, I wonder what their lives are like? I wonder what it would be like to wake up in that place every day, go to work, school and to just go through the process of living? I am sure we have all done that. Driven by a certain house, perhaps the house that looks like it comes from a fairy tale and wondered about the people who live inside.

The beauty of the road less taken.

Or maybe we see these people all of the time and think their life is like a fairy tale. A fairy tale that we would rather live than our current life.

Kind of a pipe dream right, because even though we may think we know what someone’s life is like, we really don’t. We never do, because most of everyone’s life is full of unseen emotions, rippling right below the surface as well as a whole slew of interior dialogues that take place every day. No one ever sees any of that and because of that, I think kindness should pretty much be our go-to reaction.

The beauty of the road less taken.

Last week I shared a little about our recent family vacation. Today I am sharing a little more.

The beauty of the road less taken.

I have always loved the poem by Robert Frost, “The Road Not Taken.” Throughout my life, I know I have been on that road a few times. You know the one less worn “down by travel”, but “equally as fair.”

The beauty of the road less taken.

What Mr. Frost doesn’t share, but does allude to in his poem is that because that road is less traveled, it can be awfully lonely. Even though we know it is the right road for us to be on. And sometimes when we are on that road less taken and feeling alone, if we hold the course, there can be moments so full of magic that it takes our breath away.

The beauty of the road less taken.

 And also, if we are lucky, those moments can add magic upon magic.

The beauty of the road less taken.

Like the appearance of this little guy where no one expected to see him, because unless you were looking out and ahead, you would have missed him.

The beauty of the road less taken.

This girl saw him though and excitedly pointed him out to all the rest of her family.

The beauty of the road less taken.

Because sharing is always better.

The beauty of the road less taken.

I have had those dreams, like I am sure everyone does, where you are back in High School or that rather than being married to your current spouse, you are are married to someone else. I always wake up from those dreams grateful that I am where I am right in this moment. I guess that is the real test for the road we are on.

The beauty of the road less taken.

Because even though large portions of my life may feel mostly like a crazy carousel ride….

The beauty of the road less taken.

I have much to be grateful for.

The beauty of the road less taken.

 

Next post: Conquering the ocean and dolphin dreams. So stay tuned!

In case you were wondering where all of these shots were taken, it was on a visit to the Cabrillo National Monument & Point Loma Lighthouse.

The beauty of the road less taken.

Thanks for stopping in and as always, hugs.

The beauty of the road less taken.

Love,

Jen



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  1. You and I chose the right road for us. I’m so very grateful too. I wake up happy every single morning.

    This post made me smile. Thank you Jen.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺
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      I am glad to hear that. I recently heard a talk by someone I really respect and he said that even in hard circumstances we should have joy. Not because we have hard things in our life, but because we have hope. I liked that and I think that is what helps us to wake up happy each day.
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      Everyone does have something. We just don’t know it. My husband attended a funeral for a colleague last week who died of cancer. He didn’t want to tell anyone about it and instead just lived his life to the fullest. I thought that was such a beautiful way to live. No matter how short or long we have.
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      I heard a story recently about a man who was sitting at a stop light. He took a moment longer than he should have to progress through the light when it turned green. The man behind him angrily honked and then shouted loud and mean words at him. He thought his response was way overboard, until about a week later he met and recognized the man somewhere else. The man apologized for his response at that light and told the other man that he had just left the hospital where his wife had died and he was on his way to inform his children and he was so angry, but wanted to get it out before heading home and he just exploded at that light.

      I guess this just illustrates the point that we just never know.
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  2. Hi Jen, how easy it is to imagine what our lives would be like if only this or that. Better the devil we know, though. There are houses that I pass and wonder if for all the grandeur the occupants are happy, really deep down, content and happy or is it all a front? A deep-seated wish maybe.

    I love your photos, I bet you had a fantastic time by the sea. And well done to your girls for spotting what I think is a seal.

    XX
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      That was a seal! We spotted seals 3 other times just like that. In places where we least expected them.

      I used to always wonder about that “devil” comment until one time I was in a situation where it clicked. It really is so true. I guess that is why those movies where people switch places and deal with someone else’s life always make us feel better about living our lives, right?
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      Not until I was in college did I learn that there are some serious Robert Frost haters. I guess there has to be opposition in all things.Right? I am glad to hear you like him though, because I really like him too. I wish we could have seen a whale too, maybe next time :)
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      I am happy to hear that, those mundane moments can just be so dang magical. I remember tearing up while folding baby socks once, because I was just so dang happy to have a baby :) Now laundry doesn’t have that same draw, but there are other magical moments!
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  3. It looks like you had a wonderful vacation, Jen. I love the pictures and your words here! Much of my life has been that crazy whirlwind carousel ride. I wouldn’t change a thing though because those roads brought me where I am today. I’m quite satisfied with that ;).
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  4. What a lovely post and the photos are beautiful. I often find myself wondering about living somewhere I’ve just driven past or visited. I’ve visited Charles Darwin’s house twice now and both times I have mentally moved in. I would physically move in, but I’m not sure English Heritage would approve. Anyway, thanks so much for a really enjoyable post #happynowlinkup x
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      Cool! I have never visited his house. I did visit Thoreau’s house and his lake once. You kind of come to understand a person better when you enter their home. I understand wanting to move in, there are some of my decorating friends that have such dreamily decorated houses I want to move into them. They may into approve of that as well :)
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