It was the Friday before Labor Day weekend. I was 14 years old. My parents were working and I was home alone. The phone rang. It was an all-girls high school that I was on the waiting list to attend. The woman on the other end of the line said, "You've been accepted to start here on Tuesday. But you have to decide right now."
My heart started beating fast. I would know no one. But I heard the school had a lot to offer. And there was no cost. So I said yes.
That decision was a trajectory for my life. I started climbing a staircase even though I couldn't see where it led. I could only see the first step. But because it ended up being such an amazing experience, it gave me courage to continue to take chances.
Five years later when I was MC at our high school graduation I quoted Robert Frost and said, "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference."
Are you standing at a fork in a road, wondering which way to go? There is no wrong answer. The only mistake would be standing still and not starting the journey.
As Khalil Gibran once said, "March on. Do not tarry. To go forward is to move toward perfection. March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on life's path."
And Ralph Marston said, "There are plenty of difficult obstacles in your path. Don't allow yourself to become one of them."
You have to make decisions every day of your life. And those decisions help direct you on your journey. What paths are in front of you now? And which one will you choose to follow?
Remember what Anatole France once said, "If the path is beautiful, let us not ask where it leads."