Every quest begins with a question. We wonder what we’re in this world for. We wonder what our purpose is.
And most of us never get past the questioning phase. We get stuck. We get overwhelmed. And we’re so in our heads that getting beyond that question becomes nearly impossible.
But if I’ve learned anything from looking into the Hero’s Journey a bit more thanks to the ever amazing Elizabeth Gilbert, it’s that this is the beginning of any great adventure.
I remember being young and always wondering why the priests and nuns were doing what they were doing. My mother’s response of “they heard their calling” never actually made sense to me. How in god’s name (literally) would you be willing to make those kinds of sacrifices based on a calling. And who was calling? What were they saying? Did they hear a voice in the sky, like literally hear it?
What I’ve realized by dialing into my purpose more than ever, despite fear, despite worry, and despite doubt…it’s that that call is so real. And will be so clear when you’re ready. It’s like trying to hear someone when they’re talking to you, but you’ve got about a million layers on because it’s cold: you need to strip the hat, take off your ear muffs, pull out the music on your earbuds….and only then will you be able to hear.
Here’s the thing: you are being called in life.
And that call will vary depending on how used to following it you are and how willing you are to set aside self preservation in order to answer it.
Pay attention to the next time you get a feeling to do something and immediately say HELL NO. And then come up with 5 reasons why that would be hard, even impossible, or totally illogical. Pay attention to what the question was under neath all of that, because your rejection is the next step in the Hero’s journey: to totally reject the call. To resist it on every level. To initially say no all together.
What have you been rejecting? And has it been your calling? If so, and if you’re ready to go for it, you’ll see a life more clear and more purposeful than you ever imagined. Now, it will have struggles and tribulations, but on the other side of the journey should be total freedom.
I’m following that call as much as you are. One day and one adventure at a time. Join me, won’t ya? This is about to get fun.