I love Joseph Campbell’s monomythic round. This is a wonderful piece of animation illustrating it. Watch it.
I’m currently working on a novella with a hero’s journey. The Night Market’s main character Cory has to leave his comfortable life and travel to a strange place with art and song and things you’ll never see anywhere else, hoping to find a lead to his missing sister. His journey only takes a night, but it changes him and he’s a different person by morning.
I think as humans, we resist change but often find ourselves in a better place because of it. At the end of our own hero’s journey we have learned and experienced and grown despite ourselves. I think that’s why we need heroes–to show us that we can all be heroes and slay a monster, or face our death, or come back changed and different and still be just as human.
I’m gonna go look for my Call to Adventure. It’s probably hiding in the Cave I Fear To Enter.