Now or Never
The stories that caught our attention as we planned Bloomsburg: The University Magazine’s winter 2015 issue reminded me of a poem I read in high school, The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost. The poem begins 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 …
This poem could easily describe alumni you meet in this issue. When deciding the next leg of their life’s journey, each could have played it safe. Instead, they chose the other path, the one “just as fair.” From creating a mobile app to opening a distillery to following a religious calling while simultaneously wearing a clown’s nose, they told us it was “now or never.”
My husband and I faced a similar decision nearly 15 years ago. Due to circumstances beyond our control, we were both in the job market and each of us had two equally strong offers. One would allow us to remain in my husband’s hometown, where I had lived for 25 years. The other offered new opportunities three hours away – in Bloomsburg University’s Marketing and Communications Office for me and at a manufacturer in Union County for my husband. Much to my mother-in-law’s chagrin, we followed the unfamiliar path to northcentral Pennsylvania, the one that was right for us. And never looked back.
Robert Frost tells us he gave both paths serious consideration, but then, “I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” I know it did for us … and for these alumni.
– Bonnie Martin, Editor
Send your story about the time you took the road “just as fair” to firstname.lastname@example.org. We may share it online or in the print edition of Bloomsburg: The University Magazine.