It helps to have a good sense of direction, to know where you are when you are there. That isn't always the case, though. Sometime we have no idea where we are. When that happens we should, at least, know where we are going. The danger is when we neither know where we are nor where we are going. It is good advice to always know one of these.
Sometimes it is right to choose an easy path. Walking where the way is level and clear gives you time to think, to rest up, to just enjoy the day. You don't always have to accomplish something when you travel. Just keep going forward.
A good path has many twists and turns in it. Even if you know where you are and where you are going, it is a good path that changes daily. New plants bloom as others fade away. Trees grow older and larger, berries bloom, ripen, are eaten then replaced by something else growing in their place. One day a deer and her fawn might cross your path, another day it could be a poisonous snake. Each of these you will watch, admiring the beauty - respecting the danger.
You may know this path and where it will end up, but you won't always know what is around every bend. Some days you might even choose a side road that strays away then circles back to your original
No matter if you are on a path of your own choosing, or walking where someone else has led, be sure to look around. See where you are and where you are going. Pay attention. If you are walking up hill and your legs are tired, you don't want to walk any more then take a breath, look around see what is growing beside you, what else is with you on your road. Be happy with where you are going or change directions.