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    Tuesday
    Apr052011

    A Hero's Journey.

    Today, I was reading an article called “Why You Should Quit The Internet.”

    http://inoveryourhead.net/why-you-should-quit-the-internet/

    Ironically, today is the day I was ready to start my blog.

    That post was an interesting read about quests and paths and self-discovery. I liked this line: “When I began, I wrote bullshit, self-interested posts that were based on people thinking that my life and myself were interesting.” I’d like to be in this writer’s shoes (writing his 1,000th blog post), to be able to say that about this exact post, some years later. “I’ve said I’d like to be unrecognizable in five years,” he wrote. Me too.

    Anyhow, my favorite part of his post was the overview of Joseph Campbell’s steps in the Hero’s Journey:

    1. The Ordinary World

    2. Call to Adventure

    3. Refusal of Call/Reluctant Hero

    4. Meeting Wise Mentor

    5. The First Threshold

    6. Tests, Allies, and Enemies

    7. Supreme Ordeal

    8. Revisiting the Mentor

    9. Return with New Knowledge

    10. Seizing the Sword (or Prize)

    11. Resurrection

    12. Return with Elixir More detailed overview here.

    Where am I on this scale? Somewhere around 7 with my law firm. Somewhere close to 10 (or so I hope) with my book. Around 8 with the big picture. Where are you? What is going on in your life? What did you like about the article? What would you do, if you quit the Internet?

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    Reader Comments (6)

    Great first post! I like how you differentiated aspects of your life/growth on the Hero's Journey. I wouldn't have thought to do so. I feel like I am in phase 7, but that's mainly due to having two small children! I look forward to more posts!

    April 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlan Clark

    Alan - thank you for being my first reader! It's SO INTERESTING to contemplate this in the context of parenthood. The more detailed description of 7 is "Supreme Ordeal: This is sometimes described as the person's lowest point or darkest moment. The separation has been made between the old world and old self and the potential for a new world/self. By entering this stage, the person shows her/his willingness to make a change, to die and become a new person."

    I think that detailed description is darker than I myself would imagine 7 to be. I hope you feel the same way (for your sanity's sake!) - and enter into 8 soon. I believe one is happier in 8.

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