What a wonderful piece! I enjoyed the metaphor, and loved the imagery in your writing, the colours blending as the protagonist broke into a gallop, and more, but that was the first image that really captured me and so I chose that.
Life's choices, yes, we do feel alone, especially when we are afraid of those choices affecting others, you expressed the stress effectively, it was real, and the cart, ropes, and mud were, too.
So sad the protagonist passed the flowers and could only see them for their parts--I have been there during life science and social science, even art classes when everything becomes technique instead of interpretation, and could relate well.
I enjoyed how the path changed throughout the journey, again your use of imagery is wonderful.
A strong ending. I am happy I took the time to read it, and wish you well!