The Road Not Taken, by Robert Frost
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.”
We all feel a bit bewildered and lost when it comes to making choices in life. However, with that being mentioned, I would like to bring it upon you that you are not alone in your travels. You are loved and supported by your friends and family, who also influence your lives more than you will ever know. But have you ever thanked them for it?
It’s the simple things in life that make it so pleasant. Like a hug for example, you can’t get enough of them and we tend to underestimate the power (or meaning) they hold. Same with someone listening to you. They are willing to give up their own time to try to understand your perspective towards the situation and offer you advice.
Usually we wouldn’t thank someone for doing these things, but I would still say it and mean it genuinely.
Wendy Price, UTVA Ambassador
10 New Year's Resolutions
- Manage your time. Buy a planner, make lists. Organize your workspace to be more efficient.
- Watch less TV. Pick up that book you’ve been dreading reading for class, or any book.
- Get your body moving. Spend time outside, walk your dog or play a sport.
- Try to get enough sleep. Your body needs rest! Try for at least 8 hours.
- Learn something new. There are so many things to try, so why not?
- Get to know people around you. Open your social circle, meet your classmates and make some more friends.
- Do one thing each week that you truly love or enjoy. Make time to do something you want to. Something that will make you happy.
- Use your talents for good. Volunteer! Do something for a good cause. There are tons of different options to contribute to the community.
- Report something that went well that week. Report it to your family or friends. Get a conversation going with them. Try to keep the focus positive. It’s a great way to connect with someone.
Keeping the New Year Resolution Alive
AJ Heath, UTVA Ambassador
The Holiday Season
Listen to your body and mind. If you need to take a break, take a break. Overworking yourself will just decrease your overall productivity. While you may need to get stuff done, it isn’t worth sacrificing your mental and physical health. Be safe this holiday season!
Dan Fenn, UTVA Ambassador