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From a young age I can remember my father quoting the words of Robert Frost. 

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less travelled by,

For many years I misunderstood this poems meaning.  I had thought it was the story of a man traveling a path different than everyone else. But I've come to learn, as I believe Frost did also, when there are two paths in front of us, we can no longer monotonously follow our previous course. Suddenly, we must choose. 

To me, this poem is a story about someone who's reflecting on the choices he's made in life. The final verse of the poem is an ode to what he as an old man would make false about his life. Realizing how often we become distracted by the monotony of life, he reveals his regret for never having return to explore the other road. To feel fulfilled he would assume that the road he chose was the one less traveled by, when truthfully both may have been equal.

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,

The poem is called 'The Road Not Taken'  and I believe it is essentially a call to explore all paths, every street, every turn and to not assume without adventuring that the path we chose was the better one. 

It summarizes nicely why I believe that change is so good. Change pushes us to our limits, it tests our strength, our faith, our independence. Yes, I realize the flaws in this theory, that not all change is good, but notice the powers of its strengths. If we do not explore, if we remain stagnant, comfortable in the security of our every day lives we may rob ourselves of experiences that may be worth more than we can imagine. 

The words of Christopher McCandless resinate strongly. 

Nothing is more dangerous to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.

So I have made a choice. Every time the path diverges I will choose a new path. I will make the conscience decision to change my horizons so that one day I will be able to truthfully say, "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I had the chance to travel both."