You know that feeling when you’re reading a captivating story and you cannot put the darn book down? Yes, it’s 3am, but that does not matter. The protagonist and their journey is all that matters.
If you’re like me, you find yourself immersed in a book and lost in the protagonist’s journey. You live, die, lose, win, fight and finally conquer with the main character. Their story envelopes you and their trials and victories become yours. They have a story. And you read it eagerly.
You have a story, too. What are your victories, trials, and losses? You don’t know the end, just like Katniss never knew how the Hunger Games would turn out. You cannot predict tomorrow just like Harry could never predict who Snape would really turn out. Think about it. Your life is a grand storybook, pages still waiting to be written. What events and scenes in your life have you, the protagonist, overcome?
Recall the lowest point in the story, right before the hero takes up the sword – the moment of greatest struggling. They thought they would lose. They prepared to lose. They were momentarily defeated. And you? You felt that.
And in real life, we go through those moments all too often. We experience the bitter pain of defeat and the paralyzing stun of disappointment.
Do we take up the sword though? Do we complete the hero’s journey?
What is your story? What is your hero’s journey? You don’t know how it will end, but you can always take up the sword. All the heroes you love to read about – the pariahs, the knights, the chosen ones, the unwilling souls, the leaders, the civilians, the prophets, the maids, the mutants, the angels, the demons, the underdogs, the queens… what did they accomplish with their stories?
What will you accomplish with yours?