The Hero's Journey


The Arc of the Hero's Journey

You are probably familiar with the hero's journey.

Popularized by Joseph Campbell's book, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, the hero's journey is about the hero leaving his place of comfort to the unknown and returning as a changed man (or woman). There is a little more to it than that (call to adventure, temptation, mentors, death & rebirth, atonement, etc.), but you get the point.

It is the journey not the destination that makes the story (the destination, after all, is just where you started), but to have a journey you need a quest, that call to adventure.

However, the hero's journey doesn't have to be hard, it doesn't have to be arduous. And here is the real secret: it can be a lot of fun!

Of course, sometimes, and for some people, it can be painful and seemingly unbearable at times, but the hero finds a way.

And we are all attracted to stories, especially the hero's journey because it brings meaning to our lives.

What is your story? What is your journey?

How to Fix the Emptiness in your Heart

You are but a fragment of the whole, and as long as you keep denying this the emptiness in your heart will grow larger.

You need things to look forward to, experiences that make you feel alive. And people are the key to that awaken state.

Awaken the emotions that have become dormant inside of you.

Bond with people and you will fill the emptiness in your heart.

Do this by setting out on a quest that will help you find others like you.

The purpose of the hero's journey is to connect with people and become whole. All else is scenery.

P.S. For those who want to learn more about the hero's journey, but don't want to read Campbell's book, TedEd's video, What Makes a Hero, is an excellent summary.

Above image from Transistor, the video game.

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