Always keep Ithaca fixed in your mind.
To arrive there is what you are destined for
But don't hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for many years,
So that you're old by the time you reach the isle,
Wealthy with all that you have gained on the way
And not expecting Ithaca to make you rich.
Ithaca gave you the beautiful journey.
Without her you'd never have set out.
But she has nothing more to give you now.
And if you find her poor, Ithaca won't have deceived you.
Wise as you have become, after so much experience,
You'll have understood by then what these Ithacas mean.