'Travel does not merely broaden the mind. It makes the mind. Our early explorations are raw materials of our intelligence....Children need paths to explore, to take bearings on the earth in which they live, as a navigator takes the bearings on familiar landmarks. If we excavate the memories of childhood, we remember the paths first, things and people second- paths down the garden, the way to school, the way round the house, corridors through the bracken or long grass. Tracking the paths of animals was the first and most important element in the education of early man.'
(With Chatwin: Portrait of a Writer, Susannah Clapp)
When reading this I felt there was a strong resonance with a previous post of mine What Feels Real To Me
I spent many hours as a child creating and looking for paths that established my place in this world and those of my imagination, which were just as real.....and I am still doing this as an adult.....we all are in one way or another.