Diverging Paths

Monday, May 18, 2015

I have been thinking a lot about paths recently, literal and figurative, and the ways they shape and drive our lives. It's one of the themes I gravitate towards in every form of art I attempt, but I recently  noticed it particularly in my photos.

I suppose we're all curious about paths. We want to know where we are going in life or where we'll end up. But I often wonder about the paths not taken. Every time we choose something we are leaving one path behind. I am happy with the choices I have made thus far, for the most part, but it doesn't stop me wondering what if...

"Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back."
-Robert Frost

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  1. I was listening to the radio the other day and a travel photographer was speaking about decisions he's made while abroad. I don't remember the name, but he said that he lives by the mantra that "wherever I am is where I'm meant to be."

    I don't believe in fate or predestination, but still think it's a great way to live. Once we make the decision, we have to believe that it's the right one, because it's done--no going back. It's easy to drive yourself crazy in thinking about what could have been (though, it can be fun).

    Lovely photos, and a thought-provoking post :)

    1. Yes! I agree with this so much, but sometimes I do get sucked into thinking abstractly about past or future paths. In some ways, I think it's an exercise that helps me focus on what's going to get me where I want to go in the future. Generally though, I try not to dwell too much on the past.


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