The Road Less Travelled
It is an indisputable fact we humans are creatures of ambition. It is also a fact that we are often reluctant to leave our comfort zones and venture into something new. Two contradicting traits of humanity, but oh so true. We yearn for success but we are afraid to take the road less travelled.
We want success, we want power and we hunger for more money but we are cowards of our own ambitions. We desire more but we strive for less.
At the beginning of every year we write down new resolutions and swear to fulfill each one of them. To finally scale that mountain, to write that novel, to apply for a new job, to quit drinking, to get saved, to finally propose to that girl, to save for that car.
Funny how the list is always long at the beginning of each year but extremely shorter or nonexistent by the end of July. And it is never because we accomplished our resolutions but because we erased them one after the other in our minds.
The road less travelled isn’t easy but that has never stopped great women and women to conquer the world. The Loretta Claiborne Story is an unusual story of chivalry. It is the story of faith moving mountains. Loretta Claiborne was born partially blind and intellectually challenged. Despite this, she dared to dream and refused to hide behind her disability or the sympathy that came with it. So she sprinted her way to glory – she has competed in 6 Special Olympics and bagged several gold medals and other notable accolades. To think that a woman of her condition could be so brave to become a world class athlete is humbling and inspiring. She is a legend because she chose the road less travelled and had the courage to walk the journey.
Many of us have passions, talents, desires just bottled up inside us. Perhaps what holds us back is the constant reminder tagging at the back of our mind that we are inadequate, that we will automatically fail. So self-doubt turns into fear, the little courage we thought we had shrinks into oblivion. And just like that we close that chapter in our life. But how can we know our maximum capability if we haven’t even tried.
Big breaks don’t come to us just by sitting idle, and throwing a wish to the wind in the hope that it will come true.
If only the graves could speak, they would whisper the many dreams buried in the graveyards. Dreams wished but never fulfilled. The child who wanted to learn how to draw, the father who wanted to build a house, the boss who wanted to trade in the stock exchange, the mother who wanted to go back to school, the daughter who wanted to join the school basketball team. Dreams that could never be turned into reality.
Oliver Wendell Holmes was right “Many people die with their music still in them. Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out.
You know being comatose isn’t just a medical condition, when you stay dormant because you are scared to take the risk then how can there be a difference between you and a patient in a coma? Both of you are just lying there waiting for a miracle.
Take a chance on the road less travelled. If your New Year resolution is to publish your first book, sit down and actually write something. It may not be a masterpiece but it is a step towards your dream. Baby steps, that is where it all begins.
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Posted on January 15, 2014, in Soul Food and tagged baby steps, courage, dreams, loretta claiborne, new year resolutions, oliver wendell holmes, the road less travelled. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.