married the first man I fell in love with, I'd be a widow now.
married the second, I'd be divorced now.
stayed in my corporate job instead of taking a leap to follow creative interests, I'd be VP of a software company now.
gone with the first choice I filled out on my "The Right Career for You" form in high school, I'd be a poet now.
pursued the second one, I'd be a rock star now.
taken the path of least resistance instead of the one that scared me, I'd be a mental patient now.
There will always be forks in the road and no way to know for sure how things would have played out. But I do know that I would not have been a good wife. I was a terrible poet. A double dose of social anxiety and stage fright would have sucked the fun right out of being a rock star (not to mention my addictive tendencies and easy access might have led to being a dead rock star). Career decisions made by 15-year-olds aren't particularly well thought-out, are they? Why do they have those tests in high school anyway? What kid is going to say s/he wants to be a street sweeper? A rental store clerk? The smart ones say "doctor" or "lawyer." The stoners say "roadie." The easy girls say "model" or "actress" and the easy boys say "rapper who lives with model/actress."
If I listened to reason instead of my heart, it might not have been a disaster, but I wouldn't be happy. I'm the Me I'm supposed to be, but I still like to think about what could have been.
What are your "roads not taken?"