Too often I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen. - Louis L'Amour
Louis L'Amour, the "great philosopher," was a favorite author of mine as a boy. Shoot, he may still be. The stories at least have a lot of nostalgic value going for them. His romanticized tales of the West and other historical novels captured me for years. It wasn't until later years that I realized how much philosophy I was absorbing in his stories and I often find myself hearkening back to little nuggets I remember from them.
I like the quote above. To me, it's what photography is about. Seeing. It's what life is about. Learning. It's not about where you're going or how fast you get there, it's about what you saw, learned, and experienced. Give yourself a goal so you have somewhere to go, but don't miss out on the journey along the way. Don't go to the top of the mountain for the sole purpose of getting to the top. Instead, go to the top so that you can experience the journey and the view.