A HEROIC QUEST
“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are… You are the hero of your own story.”
FIRST & FOREMOST, DECIDE TO BE THE HERO OF YOUR STORY
Dare to go on a quest to live your best life. As my mentor, Joseph Campbell said, “If we follow our bliss, we will find a path laid out before us that has been waiting all along.” Campbell wrote, A Hero With A Thousand Faces, that literally fell at my feet in the check-out line at the library. Luckily, I noticed & his work has changed my life.
Campbell studied mythologies, religions, & fairytales from around the world & over centuries. He found common themes in each that I see in my life, my mentor’s, Walt Disney, Nelson Mandella, & Oprah Winfrey, & in movies I love like Star Wars, Lion King, & Harry Potter.
I used Campbell’s work to understand my own journey, as well as, write about The African Animals in my Trilogy. Below, are the 12 Steps I see in my journey & writing:
- A Call To Adventure
- Refuse—Ignore—Fear The Call
- Leap of Faith—Choose to Go On Your Heroic Quest into an Unknown World
- DREAM BIG—Connect with Something Bigger—Supernatural Aid
- Road of Trails—Naysayers, Tests, Temptations, Perceived Failure, & Lonely Times on the way
- Find Mentors To Help & Learn From
- LOVE BIG—Share Your Quest—Connect With Those You Meet, Friends & Family—Build Community
- Ordeal—Dark Night Of The Soul
- THINK BIG—Thoughtful, Honest, Intelligent, Necessary, & Kind—Connect Your Head to Your Hearts & Problem Solve
- Resurrect—Rise & Shine—With Your Heart Of Stars Lit
- YES! Celebrate Your Quest—Free to Live Your Best Life where Dreams Do Come True
- Return To Ordinary World w/ The Elixir & Encourage Others To Accept Their Call to Adventure too
Below are a few more models of The Hero’s Journey that helped me better understand my own Heroic Quest:
SECOND, ACCEPT YOUR CALL TO ADVENTURE!
KNOW YOU ARE THE HERO OF YOUR STORY!
COAT OF ARMS
“Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.”
THIRD, BE HEROES TOGETHER!
Create your Coat of Arms, A HAPPY, HOPPY, HERALDIC VISUAL DESIGN — like Hare & Termite — that shows your LIVE BIG CLUB’s goals, symbols, achievements, mottos, locations, or anything to inspire CONNECTION, COMMUNICATION, COLLABORATION, & CONTRIBUTION.
Put your Coat of Arms on the wall for all to see, or even put them on capes & go out together as HEROES to transform the world!
You can create your own or use “The Coat of Arms Download.”
“The hero is one who kindles a great light in the world, who sets up blazing torches in the dark streets of life for man to see by.”
– Felix Adler
FINALLY, create CRASH-N-DROVE CLUB PRIDE together!
Put your COAT OF ARMS on CAPES, so we can go out like SUPER HEROES & CATCH CATCH-M together! To come up with different ways every day to make someone smile big, builds fortune filled treasure chests for all, & can start a rEVOLution!
We can make our capes out of towels, old sheets, shirts, or buy. Then wear with CRASH & DROVE CLUB PRIDE! Know a CRASH is a group of Rhinos, DROVE is Hares, & PRIDE is Lions! Baby Baboon came up with this FUN PUNNY name to remind us that an odd club can come too-gather to EVOL-E & create a heroic R–EVOL–UTION!
Hare says, “Love is revolutionary! It’s even part of the word & how we evolve by doing good & catching CATCH-M together! ”
Revolution is defined as a dramatic & wide-reaching change designed to effect fundamental changes in thinking about or experiencing something.
Display your COAT OF ARMS prominently to celebrate THE STRENGTH & CONNECTION OF YOUR CRASH & DROVE CLUB PRIDE.
Some folks choose to use t-shirts, hats, headbands, & other items to represent & reinforce their club’s pride.
We have also found easy-to-buy capes:
THE HERO’S JOURNEY
“The hero journey is inside of you: tear off the veils and open the mystery of yourself.”
USE THE FRAMEWORK OF THE HERO’S JOURNEY AT HOME OR IN THE CLASSROOM
The Hero’s Journey is an incredible way for us to create connection as we study different topics—Science, Animals, History, Biographies, Reading, Writing, & Life-skill Development. They can all be taught alongside The Hero’s Journey to educate, motivate, & inspire.
You can experience the journey first-hand by studying the biographies of historical or present-day figures like Bill Gates, Rosa Parks, & more. Nature & animals can be studied through this lens, making science relevant & relatable. Life-skills & emotional development can also be understood through this framework. We all face hardship, naysayers, & tough choices as we navigate life. The journey serves as a useful platform to discuss what skills we want to develop to be able to live our best life along the way.
Reading & writing are also great disciplines to use with the Hero’s Journey. We can read a book & discuss how it follows The Journey. We can also do writing exercises based on our life. The one I love to teach in writing class is a fictional memoir written backwards. The student’s imagine and write about their life in 20 years as if it happened while using my 12 STEPS of The Hero’s Journey. I also love seeing students create their own 12 STEPS of The Hero’s Journey & use it to write stories about themselves, animals they love & more. The fun is really endless.
“Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.”
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We’d love to see, build community, and celebrate the quest for our dreams together.
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