This is the final entry in a series of posts detailing the hero’s journey. It expands on this post: The Hero’s Journey. See the earlier posts here: The Mundane World, The Call to Adventure, Crossing the Threshold and The Path of Trials.
Reaching the end
At the end of the journey, the hero has changed. It is this change that provides the mantle of Master of Two Worlds. The lessons and skills learned in the new world allow for success (and mastery) in the old world. This change in the hero is the whole reason the story exists. Without change we’d have no interest. Who wants to read 500 pages about a boy who lives under a staircase?
With this transformation in the hero, we also see a change in the world. Simply put, the changed hero changes the world. This can come from Peter Parker’s assumption of the Spiderman identity or from Luke Skywalker’s ascent from farm boy to rebel leader. New York City is changed by Spiderman and the galaxy is changed by fighter pilot, Skywalker.
While it may seem comfy to hold the title of Master of Two Worlds, the reality is that the next journey is just around the corner. While your new world may seem spiffy right now, it will soon turn into another Mundane World from which you’ll be waiting to be called away.
The fact is, you are on a hero’s journey right now. When this one ends you will begin another one – sometimes multiple journeys at a time. The strength of this model is that it applies to you at all times.
- You might be sitting at your desk in the Mundane World wondering when things are going to get better.
- You might have just received a Call to Adventure suggesting a new career and are wondering whether to accept it or not.
- You might be entering college – a new world with a Threshold to be crossed.
- More than likely you’re in the middle of the Path of Trials overcoming challenges, learning new skills, and meeting new people.
- Maybe you’ve come out the other end and are now capable of changing the world with what you’ve learned – the Master of Two Worlds.
Where are you? What step are you on? Please consider describing your current stage at length in the comments.