A close friend of mine asked the question, "Do you believe in Fate, why or why not?" The answer I came up with was that we are given options but we ultimately make the choice of which path to take. Maybe you miss out on a choice you should have picked, but inevitably you always seem to come back around to it again in the end. I believe this wholeheartedly. And while you might not have chosen a path that is the easiest or most direct route to what is "meant to be" eventually the path you did choose will bring you around to the choice again. I believe that if something is meant to be then it will be placed in front of you again and again until you figure it out. It reminded me of one of my favorite poems....
The Road Not Taken
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.
Are there paths you wished you had taken? Have you crossed paths with the same choices more than once? Do you believe in Fate?