“The road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began
Now far ahead the road has gone
and I must follow if I can.
Pursuing it with eager feet
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet,
and whither then, I cannot say.”
Tolkein’s walking song takes many different forms throughout The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, but this is my favorite version. Some of the paths described lead toward death, or an uncertain and possibly distressing future, but this one has a ring of hopeful anticipation.
I’ve always wanted to travel to a new country with a big backpack, grab a map, and just start walking. If you start traveling without any specific expectation, you’re sure to find so many things that make the trip worth while. If you’re going with the intention of seeing just one thing, like the Roman Colosseum, or Angel Falls, you may be too focused, and miss the hidden gems along the way.
I made this pair of earrings as a little reminder that the value of the trip is separate from the value of the destination.