(someone) takes a path (in life)

English speakers commonly use the word "path" to talk about someone's life.

A "path" is a little trail or walking area. If you go for a walk in the forest, you'll probably try to follow a path.

Your "path" in life means the decisions that you've made and the things that you've experienced. Here are some examples that you'll frequently hear:

I'm worried that he's going down the wrong path.

Kids these days are expected to pick a career path when they're still in high school.

He's got to choose his own path.

We've taken different paths.

Saying that two people have "taken different paths" means that they have different styles of life and might not be very close to each other any more.

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