Life is not an accident. A coincidence. Through careful choices and persistent planning, you can control what happens to you. That sounds boring, doesn’t it? It’s not. We are talking about your future. Your hero’s journey! The best way to deal with the future is to invent it. Create your own life story. Your own legend. If you live your life wandering around aimlessly, you’re likely to end up in a sort of hell of Dante as visualized by Rodin. If you live you life bouncing around, reacting to events and circumstances, you’re giving up control over where you will go next. This is a hell of a way to live – it’s stressful and frustrating, and not creative at all.
I believe that each of us comes prepackaged with a reason for being, a hero’s journey. A mission. A purpose. Unfortunately, there is no operating manual or help line to make it easy to figure out what that purpose is. Once you figure out what your hero’s journey story is, however, life is sooo much easier and better. It means that you are living on purpose. This translates in doing the right work, in the right environment, with the right people and using your talents and abilities in a way that benefits others as well as yourself. This purpose covers every aspect of your life, including having people to love and who care about you (but that’s another travel guide).
You need a powerful story as a compass to navigate by. To aim for (your hero’s journey). A storyline, a travel map so you can plot out the best (and even most scenic route, if that turns you on) to get where you’re going (your goals). You can get blown off course and explore new cities, meet interesting people but you always have that hero’s journey story to guide you back. That’s what your hero’s journey does for you. When you aren’t sure about what you should be doing with your life, it can feel like you’re in free fall. For some the rush of hurtling to the ground is exhilirating. Some don’t even seem to realize that they don’t have anything (a parachute) to stop them from hitting the ground.
In the beginning it can be exciting to go through life without a plan, a purpose, a story. Many romantic tales have been spun about the vagabond life. Just remember that these stories are written by people who disciplined themselves just enough to put pen to paper, and enough to sell their stories or art. Being in control of your story means knowing what you want and working toward it. It means waking up every morning saying: “I’ve got the best job in the world. I absolutely love what I do.”. If you can say that, everything else in your life will fall into place. Some people know early on what they want. They’re the lucky ones. Most of us struggle for a while before we find our niche. That’s okay. Enjoy the journey. Consider it a voyage of discovery with treasures on your way. Self – knowledge is a wonderful thing.