The Hero’s Journey

I remember the echoes of the hateful words I used to yell out in anger.  I hate my life, was a daily thought replaying all day long in my head.  I wasn’t always happy.  I didn’t have a fantastic childhood.  I guess a lot of these stories start out with a great sadness.  I think that’s how we finally let ourselves soak it in, and accept it.  We write it out, and feel the pain.  It’s a part of the road to the hero’s journey.  If you haven’t heard of the hero’s journey, it’s a structure based upon the monomyth of Joseph Campbell stating that every hero’s tale, or myth all follow this same journey.

The hero’s journey is everywhere.  Books, and movies have this structure.  Major Hollywood blockbuster movies are all structured to follow a hero’s journey.  For example, almost any Disney film for instance, The Lion King, or most animated films, all the Matrix movies, Avatar, The Marvel movies, and let’s not forget Star Wars, and I actually heard that to send in a screenplay, it must be structured like the hero’s journey.  Great books are also written in this style.  All the best-sellers follow a hero’s journey.  The Hunger Game series, Twilight series, Harry Potter, Divergent, The Maze Runner, and the list goes on.

All these books became MEGA Blockbuster movies.

I wonder why?

They are all stories of hero’s and their trials, and tribulations on the road to success.  We get to see the struggles of these heroes, and we relate to them.

A part of the hero’s journey is the approach to the inmost cave.  That’s where you face your fears.  That’s where the healing begins, and to succeed, that healing must be done.  If not, there is no room for the rewards.  The receiving capacity fills up until we release the old baggage.  You can’t keep putting air in a balloon.  Sooner or later it’s going to bust, and until we bust, we won’t receive the new -the blessings.

I can see where every great story has a hint of the past, the fear, and the pain, that’s where all the struggle is.  No matter how big or small, there is a hero’s journey in us all.

 Pass it along to another hero.

With Love,

Drue

 

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  1. So true! There is definitely a heros journey in all of us. I love your writing style by the way. I wish I had a way with words like you do. Xo

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