I’ve taken a lot of roads, but were they the right ones?

We come to many forks in the road as we travel through life. Where do they all lead?
We come to many forks in the road as we travel through life. Where do they all lead?

AS WE WANDER through life, we have all faced the same dilemma. You wake up some morning, you amble around a bend, you receive a phone call, life loses its meaning, somebody makes you angry, and suddenly there is a fork in the road you didn’t expect to find.

What should you do?

Which road should you take?

As I look back on life, I find myself thinking more about the roads I didn’t take than the ones I did.

What if I hadn’t left the Fort Worth Star-Telegram mad as hell and gone to Austin to become Governor John Connally’s first travel flack at the Texas Tourist Development Agency?

What would my life have been?

What if I hadn’t left the Texas Tourist Development agency mad as hell and gone to Alabama to become travel editor for Southern Living Magazine?

What would my life have been?

What if I hadn’t left Southern Living mad as hell and come back to Texas to write free-lance articles for travel magazines, knock out some advertising copy, and wind up as editorial director for a Dallas publishing company?

What would my life have been?

Life is all about roads. The ones we take. The ones we don’t.

I have lived on the forks in the road I chose.

I write about the roads I didn’t take. Those are the roads filled with stories, and they were the most memorable roads of all.

They were fraught with suspense.

They were a broken puzzle of mysteries.

They were filled with heartbreak.

With women in love.

With men who were afraid of love.

With tension.

With war.

With conflict.

And scattered with tombstones.

I didn’t mean for some of them die.

But what do I know?

I think a lot about the roads I didn’t take.

And I don’t think they existed at all.

The first book in my Ambrose Lincoln series is Secrets of the Dead. All the roads Ambrose traveled had dead ends.

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  • What if you had taken Anger Management classes?

    Hehe, you’re funny.

    • Caleb Pirtle

      I majored in anger, Sue, and minored in management.

  • Darlene Jones

    I think the roads we take are the right ones because we can only make decisions based on what we know or feel at the time.

    • Caleb Pirtle

      As usual, Darlene, I’m on a new road long before I realize I’ve left the old one.

  • Don Newbury

    Skimming the very bottom of my educational expertise, Caleb, I agree with Alicia. ‘Cept I think you would have had to start with remediation, or show sincere interest in repeating the courses! Happy New Year!

    • Caleb Pirtle

      Alicia is always right, Don. As far as repeating courses, I do so each time I sit down to write.

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