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Things Mean What You Make Them

One of the most beloved poems in American literature is Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken.” The most famous line is . . .

 Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
 I took the one less traveled by,
 And that has made all the difference.

The poem is also the most misunderstood.

Most of us read into it the meaning of choosing a path that’s different from the one everyone else has taken. But Frost had a different message in mind. He wrote it as a joke and a poke at his famously indecisive friend Edward Thomas, who dithered on almost everything.

Just pick a road Edward!!!

The meaning of the poem lies with the reader more than the author. In the case of the poem of your life, you are both. You can choose what something means.

Choose wisely.