'Away from the straight path'

What was Dante doing lost in the wood so dark in the first Canto of Inferno in the Divine Comedy? 

As you shall hear, 
It lead to good things too, eventually,
But there and then I saw no sign of those, 
And can’t say even now how I had come 
To be there, stunned and following my nose
Away from the straight path. 
-Dante, Inferno, translated by Clive James

He must have done something bad, something he felt remorse for, right? He’s an adult after all. We all have those pangs of a bad conscience. 

The more important question is what are we doing we we are? What kind of decisions have we made to be where we are today? And, are we happy with those decisions? Are we proud of them?