We all know the poem, a Robert Frost classic. It is a poem about the choices we make.
One road is traveled, assumed to be the easier path.
The other road is less traveled and unknown.
Unpaved and filled with uncertainty.
I have spent the majority of my life walking between these two roads.
In career, I have often taken the road less traveled, making instinctive decisions and taking risks. Luckily, this has paid off for me.
In my family life, I have always done what is expected of me on the well-traveled path. My methods may be a bit unorthodox, but I am usually able to keep everyone healthy and happy.
In my social life I teeter between the two roads with an eclectic mixture of friends and acquaintances.
Some friends stay on the main road, never diverting their eyes from the path in front of them. Only going where others have gone before them. Obligation and expectation serve as their compass.
Other friends occasionally take a detour off of the main thoroughfare, but always return to the comfort of the well-established, clearly lit road of familiarity.
A handful of friends don’t need a stinkin’ road. They blaze their own trail in their bare feet.
In my love life, I have always taken the paved road complete with signs, mile markers and most importantly…
When it comes to matters of the heart, I have never wanted to venture down the road less traveled, with unexpected twists and turns, one way streets and potential for dead ends.
I have never traveled that road until now.
Here I am on my journey to enlightenment and the only way to reach my destination is to navigate this elusive path of unchartered territory, that in a word… is love.
Until this point in my travels, I have been led by guides…gentlemen I’ve met on this trip who have pointed me in the direction of my destination.
I’d like to take a minute to reflect on those whose guidance led me to where I am now.
There are the ones who showed me what I don’t seek: Don Knots, Dr. Pierce and Bond/Ike Turner.
I learned a lot from exploring what I did not want, understanding that I have no use for frustrated boy scouts, pierced psychiatrists without social skills and cruel bastards who pretend to understand the lifestyle. These experiences allowed me to further bypass these exits along the journey.
No need to travel these dead-end roads once again.
There are those that just didn’t work out. They weren’t disasters, but there was something missing from either the chemistry or the dynamic: Father D, The Captain, Marky Mark.
These gentlemen had all the makings of guiding me further on the journey, but fell short of navigating the distance. No hard feelings.
There are those with amazing potential, that just never happened: Mr. Hyde in Baltimore and the trident carrying firefighter, who told me to trade in my trainers for stilettos…it was time to stop running.
There are those who made a significant impact on my life: Sir, Hemingway, Henry Hill, Billy the Kid and the Natural.
Each of these gentlemen transitioned from their position as guide to being a friend.
Sir still gives me spiritual guidance (whether or not I heed it). He is always hopeful that he will someday save my wretched soul.
Hemingway gave me my confidence back. He helped me heal from a horrific experience. He restored my faith in the journey. He put me back on my spiritual sojourn.
Henry Hill has morphed into one of the best friends I have. I rely on him to help me make difficult decisions. He has a true wisdom and has yet to steer me wrong. He is one of the few people on this earth that can make me laugh out loud. And he’s pretty easy on the eyes.
Which leads me to Billy the Kid. Billy has been the biggest surprise of all. Who would have thought that this young gun would make such an impact in my life? He is the personification of cool. A true gentleman who enjoys the finer things in life and reminds me that to get the best, one must demand the best. Never settle. In my humble opinion, no one will ever be good enough for Billy.
The Natural taught me valuable life lessons. He allowed me to hear my inner voice, to atone for things in my past and to let go. Most importantly, in his own way, he prepared me for the One.
No longer will my fragile heart seek the solace of the well-traveled road. Instead, I boldly skip along on this path of unknown origins heading straight for the One.
He is out there. I now know Him.
I have looked into His eyes.
I have kissed His lips.
He has touched my soul.
I am His. I give myself…
And although I am walking upon this road without signs or exits, I have a peace knowing He is leading me. Walking with me. Protecting me.
Guiding me on this road to enlightenment that just so happens to be filled with love.
Just hand in hand on the journey to happiness, how ever we define it.
Heading confidently towards our destination.
As I close this reflective post, I can’t help but think of one of my favorite quotes:
“She wasn’t where she was,
She wasn’t where she was going…
She was on her way.”
Off we go…