Recently I had taken some time to get away from my online presence to focus on a career move. This has taken up a lot of my time from my usual social media perusing, article reading, and writing. While time was taken away from exercising my talents it also took time away from distractions and allowed me to regain some perspective as to what I am doing and how the monomyth can be used as a sort of guide.
Driving to and from meetings and interviews, I found that I had little time for distractions. Even though I am not a huge fan of driving, it was a pleasant break I needed from technology. It was also a great practice in utilizing airplane mode as a sort of lifestyle choice. I really got to focus on the tasks at hand from meetings to interviews and running errands all the while.
Whilst I was pulled from my desk, I was forced to look at all the work I am doing from a distant perspective. Letting projects and ideas breath for a bit helped me realize where I have come from, where I am at now, and the paths ahead I can take. It reminded me of The Alchemist, a wonderful narrative full of lessons about realizing one's own destiny. This, in turn, got me thinking about Joseph Campbell's Monomyth and how it can be used as a guide in life.
I've come a long way to get to where I am today. I've triumphed over some obstacles but it is clear to me that there is still some distance before I get to accomplish my goals and dreams. There are still some obstacles in the way and I feel as though I am at the part where I am clashing with threshold guardians. But looking at life through the lens of the monomyth has helped me keep hope and faith in what I am doing, even if the outlook doesn't currently look the best.
Sometimes I think it is important for us to take a step back from our work and see where it is taking us. We need to take a second to look around and see if we are truly headed where we want to go and make changes accordingly. To realize one's own destiny can be truly hard at times but I keep a quote from Steve Jobs in my back pocket to help me push through: