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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Two roads diverged

  • I've been taking the roads less traveled. My detours are mostly a result of improvements currently being made to Shawnee streets.
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  • I’ve been taking the roads less traveled. My detours are mostly a result of improvements currently being made to Shawnee streets.
    These literal back roads I’ve started to favor, though, have caused me to reflect on the roads Robert Frost alluded to. The imaginary kind.
    ‘Detour’ seems to have a negative connotation; I think it’s all the accompanying orange cones. My life detours, however, have constructed a positive journey.
    My drive down nostalgia lane begins a few years ago, when I took advantage of some incredible writing opportunities. That educational road was twisty and packed with fast cars, but I really learned how to drive.
    In December, I decided it was time to return to school and complete my degree. I knew I would be one of the oldest students - I had missed several exits during my invaluable road trip. Foregoing my remaining time at college and cruising down the highway at 60 miles per hour was slightly tempting, but, in my specific situation, it was clear the bumpy, back dirt road would best direct me to my dream destination.
    I moved to Shawnee nervous and excited. The nervousness soon faded and that bumpy road became smooth. While there are times I’m reminded my journey is slightly unconventional, I wouldn’t alter my path if given the chance.
    That’s not to say I’ve always been wise when greeted by a stop sign at a fork in the road. I’ve missed “Do Not Enter” signs and found myself at frustrating dead-ends on a number of occasions.
    However, retracing my steps and mapping a solution ultimately landed me in the status quo, a place I’m enthusiastic to be.
    In the future, I expect to hit a few speed bumps, get stuck in swamps and pay some tolls. Those lesson-laden trips are likely unavoidable. Still, I plan to see breath-taking scenery and discover uncharted territory. That’s the road I’m on.
    If I would have cruised down the highway, I imagine I would have always wondered about the back road. So, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.

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