Being someone else by Sydney Colbert

Have you woken up to the idea or thought that you really didn’t like yourself so much that you desperately wanted to be someone else? Today was one of those days for me. It started off like any other day with routine taking up a big part of the morning. It hit me while I sat in traffic. Thoughts like why am I here? What is my purpose? Is this all life has to offer? sprung to mind. I questioned my entire existence and it came down to asking myself one question. Is this life the one I chose or have the decisions I made led me here? Robert Frost’s “a path not taken” came to mind and I was taken back to the time when we learnt it in English class. It goes like this:

“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 kept 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 asks himself if the path he took was the right one and because he “took the one less travelled and that has made all the difference.” The question to myself and to you fellow @khaleejigirl readers is, in this digital age , how can we tell which path is less taken? Is it really possible to follow the footsteps of the greats such as Mahatma Gandhi or Nelson Mandela? Are we at an age where life really is a gamble or must we analyze and study every choice? In this day and age how do we know that the road over on Budaiya road is worse than the highway coming from the desert area in Sukhair? Is there ever any way to know that this road would be better because of past results from people who have paved this path?

Of course there is but like one of my doctor friends mentioned to me in past years, sure the title and benefits of her position are all great but no one ever warns others of what sacrifices comes with this title. Hence, is there really ever a way of being completely satisfied with whatever road you take or is it really in fact just a gamble?

Or perhaps there comes a point in the life of every @KhaleejiGirl where she needs to do whatever SHE wants and not what others want from her. Similarly to Robert Frost, she may end up choosing the path less traveled by.

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