Find Your Own Path In Life

“People take different roads seeking fulfilment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.”

H. Jackson Browne

There are two things to be learned from this quote:

1- We need to follow our own path. People will try to convince us that we are on the wrong path all the time. Not because they want to cause us any harm but because sometimes they really believe that. Some people fail to understand that each person has their own needs and wishes and they hardly ever will be the same as someone else’s. That’s why only we can build the way to our happiness. People can try to help but we have to really look within ourselves to find out what makes us happy. It might seem easier to join someone on their road but some of the greatest things in life don’t come easily.

2- We need to let others follow their own path. Sometimes we are the ones who fail to understand this truth. We want to help people find their ways and forget that we don’t even know what their way is. Other people’s wishes and ways might seem unnatural to us. How can they want the exact opposite of me? But we need to learn to accept this. We can’t control other people and we shouldn’t try because it will be really frustrating for them and for us. We want other people to walk the same road as us because we are afraid to walk it alone.

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13 thoughts on “Find Your Own Path In Life

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  2. True. And to understand that we can think about opinion. Isn’t it hard to accept that others do not agree with us? Or preferences. How hard it is to accept that someone doesn’t like the things we do, or love sth we hate?
    And the hard true is….we don’t want to walk our path alone. Maybe because we are afraid is the wrong one, or maybe because we just need the company.
    But for me, who gives too much importance to what other say, this post is great to remind me that I can listen to all the advice in the world, but only I can manage my life 🙂

  3. I know, I’ve been trying to remind myself of that as well. I think I’m not very balanced, I’m usually on either extreme lol. I either don’t listen to other people at all or give too much attention to what they think.

  4. I think that any path that goes onto a different territory than the standard will be disapproved. People are not used to some taking a different road, because that’s scary, it makes us think about ours, it makes us realize we don’t think about ours or it makes us see that we don’t understand much of the world and the other choices out there – it makes people feel ignorant. This last part is true in my life when people question my choice on the path of vegetarianism, for example.
    The first people to not understand different roads taken are probably the parents. They have designed a great scheme for us and have a hard time to understand that we might have designed our own. Then you have people from school, the ones you met before you became and adult. They’ll judge you too, since they met and befriended the child/teenager, not the adult who has made choices already.

    The last sentence on the post is really important I think. Sometimes we engage in other people’s dreams only because we’re afraid to dream our own. Not to mention to make it happen.

    I’ve always loved these verses in Stairway to Heaven, by Led Zeppelin:

    “Yes there are two paths you can go buy, but in the long run
    There’s still time to change the road you’re on”

    It reminds me that we can always change from one path to another. A decision shouldn’t be irreversible just because it was taken.

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  7. Lou,

    I found a poem that made me think of you and this post, so I decided to come back here and share it. Maybe you already know it.

    The Road Not Taken

    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 marked the first for another day!
    Yet knowing how way leads on to 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,
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference.

    Robert Frost

    http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/the-road-not-taken/

  8. Aww, it’s so sweet that you thought of me! I loved it =)
    I think this is Robert Frost’s most famous poem. It’s beautiful and so true.

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