Sweater by Studio Nicholson; trousers by Avelon; shoes by Margaret Howell (worn throughout) “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.” — the final stanza of Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” This Robert Frost poem is often used as a happy-go-lucky rally to follow your own path and forge ahead without heeding the consequences. But compared with the instant success stories we hear through the internet’s grapevine, Frost’s invitation to carpe diem willy-nilly can sometimes appear naive. The entrepreneurial lore that’s repeated in countless self-help books doesn’t often talk about the paths that sent us veering off-track or lead to nowhere, and the people we look up to may have This story is from Kinfolk Issue Fifteen Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 19 Going Incognito We all secretly wonder what mischief we’d make if invisible: When our identity is hidden, everything seems possible. Arts & Culture Issue 19 The Best Policy Sometimes we talk to each other without feeling heard. Honesty—a most intimate interaction—can be just as thrilling as its more devious inverse. Arts & Culture Issue 19 A Sense of Suspense With unhinged imaginations and mountains of cliff-hangers, the filmmakers behind the sci-fi podcast Limetown have all the makings of a scary story. Arts & Culture Issue 19 Like Clockwork In this new column about time, we learn how slipping off our watches makes us feel like deadline-damning renegades.