We don’t have to pave a path.
We can walk the paths paved by others.
We can choose a path less traveled.
We can choose to navigate new territory without leaving any significant trace of our passage.
We don’t have to follow or make paths, and paths are certainly easier and safer to travel in most instances if one is intent upon reaching a destination rather than experiencing the journey. Both are possible modes of being, each with very different experiences available.
I’d suggest a reasonable mix of both.