A Hero’s Journey

It’s a plot that we have heard about all too often. These stories include everything from Disney classics like The Lion King, Mulan, and Aladdin, to our favourite Marvel legends like Thor, Spiderman, and Batman, and even stories about everyday historical heroes like Rosa Parks, Nikola Tesla, and Queen Cleopatra. It’s those stories that we were read to as children that taught us to always chase our dreams and made us believe that we could do anything we put our minds to.


But if there’s one thing that we remember about these stories, it’s the hero or the archetype him/herself. Even when looking back in history, you may not know every step that Alexander The Great took, or how many people Mother Teresa tended to, but what you do know, is that these heroes did something that other people didn’t, and through all of their struggles and hardships, they changed the world.


I’m not saying that in order to be a hero in your life that you must put yourself through hardship, but what I am saying is that occasionally being uncomfortable can be extremely beneficial. If you are comfortable in your life, it means that you are not challenging yourself to grow, and growth is an essential part of life.


Imagine if Harry Potter said, “Nah, I’m just gonna chill here and drink some butter beer, I’ve done enough for the wizarding world already”, and decided to sit around the Dursley’s house instead of setting out to find and destroy all of the horcruxes? I bet if he did, a lot of terrifying things would happen to not only the wizards, but also the muggles.


But Harry didn’t sit back and relax, because he knew that he had a mission that needed completing. And lets not forget to mention all of the other shit he had to endure like obtaining the philosopher’s stone and competing in the Triwizard Tournament, to name a few. Bottom line is, Harry had a mission, and when things got hard, he made sure to never give up, which makes him a hero. And of course Harry made more than a few enemies along the way, but a few dark wizards and angry mythical creatures were not going to stop him.


Even though Harry Potter was the star of the story, each individual character had their own skills and way of contributing towards saving the wizarding world. So not every character was considered “the chosen one”, but that didn’t stop them from having a purpose and their own personal mission to complete.


Essentially, all heroes, and people in general, have a mission that tends to require sacrifices and pose some sort of challenge that causes him/her to grow. It’s probably a pain in the ass to be a hero because it takes a lot of guts and commitment, but I bet if you were to ask any hero if they would do it all again, they would say yes.


So if you don’t know what your mission or purpose is, take some time to figure it out. Of course, you won’t have only one mission throughout your life, most likely your life will be filled with missions that require you to constantly grow and adapt. But to start off on the right track, ask yourself what brings joy to your life. Be honest with yourself about what talents you have and what character traits set you back. Find meaning to your life and be sure to incorporate it into your everyday life, even if it’s just for five minutes — I promise that it will be rewarding.


Last but not least, if tomorrow you were to tell your life story to a crowd of strangers, would you be able to end it off with an impressive mic drop?


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