We Are All Heroes

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“A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.” ~Bob Dylan

“I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” ~Christopher Reeve

I have always enjoyed watching action movies, partly because of the action, but also because of the storyline of the main character, who always ends up as the hero or heroine in the story.  Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Percy Jackson, Independence Day, Men in Black…are just a few of my favorite movies.

I was surfing around Youtube.com and I came across this TED-Ed named, “What Makes a Hero?” by Matthew Winkler.  This video is based on Joseph Campbell’s idea from his book The Hero with a Thousand Faces.  His theory is called the monomyth, or hero’s journey, which is a cycle that is perpetuated in many narratives around the globe.  Read more about it here.

So why do we listen to these narratives? Why are we enthralled with them? Because we are human, “just like them. The hero’s journey myth exists in all human cultures and keeps getting updated, because we humans reflect on our world through symbolic stories of our own lives. You leave your comfort zone, have an experience that transforms you, and then you recover and do it again.”

We all have our own fears, but Joseph Campbell is quoted saying, “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” I am reminded of a previous post I did on survival in which I quoted a movie. “All it takes is 20 seconds of insane courage to change your life.” This is a reminder to live outside our comfort zones; to be bold and brave…we have 20 seconds.  Who knows, it could change our life.

“A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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