Musing #17 : The Hero's Journey
Which phase are you in?
The more I learn about story telling, the more life feels amazing and worth living.
🙏 Sunday Gratitude:
Today I want to honor one of my closest friends, heroes, supporters, teachers and co-creators: Stacie Blanke. Thank you so fucking much for supporting me on being the wildest creative version of myself. What you do for people is magical.
Paul, her and I recorded a Gumpcast episode in the still-being-produced season 2 about the power of self-expression and about her work in bringing the freedom of Improvisation to the workplace.
She offers one-on-one sessions and group workshops as well. Check out her work with Speechless in the link on her name.
Honestly, without friends like Stacie and Paul and the rest of you out there - you know who you are- showing up here every week would be ridiculously hard.
Never miss the gumption. Ever.
My biggest intention for you and I, through this blog, is for us to heal through each other's stories.
The more I study story structure and dig deeper into outlining the novel, the more my own story is starting to make sense to me.
💡 Obstacles become less of the end of the world and more of my "Dark night of the Soul" which I will conquer.
💡 Losing people, things and jobs becomes a sacrifice for something more worthwhile, and the victories in my life can now be either false or true ones depending on whether I think I learned my lesson.
💡 Perhaps the biggest teaching of all though, is that change is inevitable, and change is actually the whole point of life.
💡 So I embrace change today fully and completely, and hope that you can do the same.
Here is a deeper dive into Joseph Cambell's book and my own journey with religion in that context. Enjoy!
The gist of it all is this: We start in a familiar place, but something is missing or wanted by us. One day we get a call for adventure, which takes us into an unfamiliar transformation zone, which we then adapt to, and sacrifice something to get what we wanted. Ultimately, we go back to the familiar place, but having changed ourselves, and can now bring that change to where we started.
Sounds familiar? Where are you on the journey?
Here is a post from a year ago if you want to dig deeper:
I can’t wait to respond and reconnect with you all in the email responses and the comments.