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Is the Hero's Journey ever over?

Ever since I was a young child, I knew that I was different from others. While my peers seemed content to follow the norms and expectations of society, my heart always led me in a different direction. However, I tried for years to fit in, to do what was expected of me, to follow the path that had been set out for me. But no matter how hard I tried, I felt lost and unfulfilled.

Then one day, I realized that I needed a change. I needed to break free from the system that was holding me back and find a sense of purpose. That's why I joined the Marine Corps. It was a way for me to escape my old life and start a new one, to challenge myself and push myself to my limits. But even after joining, I still felt like something was missing.

I got married at a young age because I thought it was the right thing to do. But deep down, I knew that I wasn't being true to myself. For years, I tried to keep up appearances, to hide who I really was. But it all came crashing down in a tragic divorce.

In the aftermath of the divorce, I realized that I had been living a lie. I needed to start my own hero's journey, to find my true self and discover what I really wanted in life. It was scary, but I met someone who helped me destroy my old life and start looking for a new path.

I decided to go to Spain to walk the Camino de Santiago. It was a challenging and transformative experience that taught me a lot about myself and the world around me. When I returned home, I knew that I couldn't go back to my old life. I needed to help others who were struggling, to guide them on their own journeys of self-discovery and transformation.

For a while, I felt like I was making a difference. I helped hundreds of people struggling with their own challenges, and I felt like I was fulfilling my purpose. But lately, I've been feeling stuck. I feel like I'm not making a difference anymore, like I'm not growing or developing as a person. I'm losing my empathy and my drive to care for others, and I don't know what to do.

But I know that this is just another stage in my hero's journey. It's the "Return" stage, where I must integrate my newfound treasure into my life. It's not always easy, and there are challenges along the way. I'm struggling to communicate my experiences to others who haven't been on the same journey, and I'm facing resistance from those who are resistant to change.

However, I know that this stage is crucial for my growth and development. It's a chance for me to reflect on my journey so far and determine how I can use my newfound knowledge and skills to improve my own life and the lives of those around me. It's also an opportunity for me to reconnect with my roots and find a sense of grounding after my transformative journey.

And who knows, maybe this stage will lead me to a new call to adventure. Maybe there's a new challenge or opportunity waiting for me, one that will allow me to continue my hero's journey and make an even greater impact in the world. Whatever the future holds, I know that my hero's journey is not over yet. There are still challenges to face, lessons to learn, and treasure to discover. But I'm ready for whatever comes next.

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David Cotti
David Cotti
Mar 04, 2023

Thank you for sharing your story. How do we know when a call to adventure is occurring?

David Cotti
David Cotti
Mar 05, 2023
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Powerful - thank you! I have recently had my life disrupted, and I'm currently working through the presented challenge.

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