Question: Pick a quote that describes a lot about you, and explain why you connect with it.
The quote which aptly describes and connects with me has been penned by the famous poet, Robert Frost:
“ The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.”
This phrase refers to the realization of the writer on the subject of his obligations and assignments to achieve before going to sleep. The theme of this quote is about affirming a path of life and fulfilling promises.
If I look at this quote figuratively, it encompasses all that I am striving for. The woods which are being referred to are akin to my life and future, which I foresee to be a vast expanse of challenges, life experiences, adventure, with the essence of the unknown factors that I will be expected to encounter during the course of my professional career and personal life. The beauty and mystery of the woods which comprises life and the world, only become alluring when we discover some part of them.
We have the strength and energy to move ahead but something is not motivating us. The simplest tasks are also seemingly difficult at times. The potential lies inside us but we are confused. Therefore we need the time to introspect.
As observed, the poet has applied the line “miles to go before I sleep” twice. The first sleep refers to the end of the day when we return to bed after a tiring day. The second sleep refers to the end of life, which is an eternal sleep.
No matter how good or bad my current situation is, I have a lot to do and lots to achieve in my life, I have plenty of commitments to be fulfilled which I have promised others, but more importantly with myself. I don’t have to be satisfied with whatever I currently have but I have to strive a lot and still, I have miles to go before the end of my life(or my career, whichever way I perceive it).
It’s a kind of reminder not to stop where you are in your life but work harder and achieve more, a sort of motivation. The quest is for something larger than all the beauty this world can offer. Something divine. Something truly transcendental.
All the above connotations of the quote are applicable to my life, and therefore I can really connect with it in all aspects. It has had a profound impact on my way of thinking and definitely has given me the inspiration to look ahead and define my individual identity before the end of my creative time-span.
In a nutshell - we should always be aware of our responsibilities but should have an immaterialist approach towards life and should never leave or abandon things which are fondly cherished and we hold close to our heart.