You know the poem “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost? Just in case you need a refresher here it is:
“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.” —Robert Frost
Well, that poem pretty much hits the nail on the head when you sit back and examine my professional life. For the longest time I followed the path that was expected… both FOR me and BY me.
After high school, I attended a small liberal arts college called Shepherd University in West Virginia (Go Rams!) where I majored in Biology and minored in Psychology. After graduating, it seemed natural at the time that my next step would be medical school… so, I packed up and moved to Huntington, WV to attend Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University.
After two discontented years of learning the nuances of the human body, I found myself thinking, “What in the world am I doing here? I’m not happy.” Before I knew it, I had jumped off of the proverbial ship and decided to follow my heart, which was leading me down a TOTALLY different path toward my favorite hobby, photography. To some it may have been the dumbest decision in the world, but for me it set my soul free!
So, here I am now, the owner and operator of a little (yet slowly growing) etsy business called lepphotography all because I decided to listen to my heart and follow the road less taken.