In the woods, your only source of guidance would be the sunlight beaming through the leaves, and at night, when you’re lucky, you have the moon and the stars. If you think about it, when you throw yourself into a forest, you only get to rely on two things: the nature, and yourself. Do note that by nature I mean the literal sense of the word, and the same time circumstances.
Without a clear sense of purpose of going into the unknown, and without being prepared to face whatever hazards, the chances of coming out of the woods triumphant, would be very slim. And honestly, that’s how I very much felt this whole year.