As I dig deeper into Russian culture and read some of the work from Pushkin, Tolstoy it brings to mind my “life a poem” discovered on a wall in high school before my trip to Argentina in the 1990’s..
“As you journey through life, choose your destinations well, but do not hurry there. You will arrive soon enough. Wander the back roads and forgotten paths, keeping your destination in your heart like the fixedpoint of a compass.
Seek out new voices, strange sights, and ideas foreign to your own. Such things are riches for the soul. And if upon arrival you find that your destination is not exactly as you dreamed of, do not be disappointed. Think of all you would have missed but for the journey there, and know that the true worth of your travels lies not in where you come to be at the journey’s end, but in who you come to be along the way.”