The adventure that Campbell speaks of is the heroic journey we have to face. He is saying the heroic journey we are going to face has already been faced by many other heroes. We can “slay ourselves” by punishing ourselves for the mistakes that we have done. We can “be with all the world” by joining the heroic journey they have faced. In other words, the world has experienced the heroic journey, therefore, if we join the heroic journey then we can “be with all the world” and not be alone as we thought we were.
There was a time in my life when I felt such too, the moment I lost my father. I was lost for few months, didn’t even talk to people and wasn’t even focusing on my studies. Later one day I realized that this was not the way to deal with it. So I decided to take a break from my life and went on vacations. As planned and promised to myself that when I’ll return I’ll make my life profound and worth living, so I did.
What does a hero go though thought-out the journey? In Joseph Campbell’s book, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, he explains that all heroes go through the same steps in their stories. The main steps a hero goes through are separation, initiation, and return. All heroes are different because of where they are from or from different times. But they go through the same steps, even when it’s not said the readers assume it happened.
That inspired me, because he went through so much yet he still accomplished many things. If I can push all those roadblocks of my life a side I can accomplish most of my goals
However, it is important to note the effect comic like the Watchman can have in the end. This is because if many comic picked the trend and deconstruction notion portrayed in the Watchmen, eventually after decades the hero narrative can be deconstructed because young children can pick the concept portrayed in the books and movies and drop that demonstrate heroes as weak and inadequate in solving human problems. Once the heroes are presented as weak and inadequate, nobody would want to associate themselves with people that are not valuable to the society. The traditional concept and presentation of the hero portray an individual or beings above humanity, who rises above humanity to save them. Therefore, once these beings or individuals are deconstructed to the useless and weak character the importance of the hero can diminish leading to a post-heroic age.
Virtue comes in many different forms, as should our heroes. Being heroic doesn’t have to mean being the knight in shining armor, or the man braving disaster to save stranded civilians. We can find strength in what we perceive as weakness, and nobility in the small and subtle moments. It’s time for us to recognize the unsung - the erased and ignored, the “weak” heroes who do not fit into the mold that society has cast for them, thousands upon thousands of individuals who hold strength in their own right - and honor them as representations of the diversity of humanity at its
Despite having a difficult life, he still managed to accomplish his dream. He inspires me deeply. I know I will not ever be like him, but with his inspiration, I will hope to accomplish my dream. No one has the knowledge he has given me and for that, I feel ahead of everyone. When I reach my goal I will always be thankful to him.
This was a hard concept for me to grasp because I had my ideas, I knew what worked, and I couldn't figure out why everyone else made things so difficult. Now since I was no longer shy, I jumped right into making my opinions obvious and heard when I could. Other people had different opinions and didn't always like mine; they also weren’t very nice about it. I wondered all the time why people weren’t as dedicated as I was about cheerleading, and I still struggle with that today. However, cheerleading is my passion and I’m not going to let other people's opinions change that.