RSVP to the Hero’s Journey
Once, I believed, the call of the hero’s journey was an invitation for a select few and a rare occurrence. If searching for answers in your own life, the awareness of this call is there at some point. Only a few heed the call. Living a life, never venturing out of the well-worn path, is easy and comfortable.
Why would anyone turn down the opportunity to be the hero in their own life?
Just thinking about attempting the journey can render the cold sweats. This journey calls out all the emotions we want to avoid: fear, anxiety, self-worth, sadness, uncertainty, doubt…just to name of few. Staying in the comfort zone, never stretching for the greatness within, keeping unwanted feelings at bay are all avoidance tactic to not proceed. The process of getting out of the ordinary life is a rocky road with high highs and low lows. It is not for sissies.
When does the call come?
Although some may enjoy this call at a time of peace, most are faced with the call of the hero’s journey during a time of upheaval. Taking on a challenge during an already difficult time is when the invitation arrives…sickness, a divorce, loss of job, financial ruin… Few escape the troubles during a lifetime.
Lost in the journey…
For those that have launched their hero’s journey, you know and understand the uncertainty in the journey. There will be failures…you learn from them. There will be tears…nothing better than a cry to clear the fog. There will be days of celebration…enjoy but do not linger. There will be fear…use the energy. There will be guilt and feelings of unworthiness…know you are on the right track. Hold on to the clarity of where you want to go, what you want to be, and enjoy the journey. Consistent actions toward that desire will eventually get you to your destination with a Hero’s celebration from within.
Lesson Learned: Once you have RSVPed you must show up, and show up, and show up…