May 18, 2017
You merely took a detour. The explanation that follows will help you understand every word used in that sentence and why.
The scenario is you decide to take a road trip in a car with a particular destination in mind. Now as you travel on the designated road, you may encounter certain, and often many, detours along the way. The detours are designed to allow you to reach your destination, but they help you avoid the ongoing construction. The construction is designed to cause that road to become better, and most likely, more efficient.
You are the car. Merely, means that it was not the end of the world but a temporary delay. Detour means that it will provide you with another way to get there. You always do arrive, so be easy on yourself.