Early on in the maintenance of this blog, I planned a series of posts centered around Joseph Campbell’s monomyth.
The monomyth (more popularly known as “the Hero’s Journey“) was supposed to guide my own endeavors as I sought to succeed in obtaining employment.
The problem with my original set of posts regarding the subject was that my presupposed outline for my life hinged on me being accepted into the Praxis program.
After being tossed off the metaphorical threshold steps (twice!), I sank into a period of aimlessness. I took whatever work I could, trying to make sense of everything.
In many respects, I was quite lucky. I had no debt and my friends and family supported me.
Looking back on this period in my life, trying to track my life-goals according to a mythological theory was quite foolish.
Life, quite obviously, is not a story. I believe it was in the recent film Their Finest that one character stated: “Stories have structure, purpose, and meaning… unlike life.”
I should really watch that movie.
So what am I doing now?
For one thing, I have recently enrolled in fall classes at a local community college.
I’m doing administrative, marketing, and sales work at my family’s business.
I’m researching possible careers to pursue and the best course of academic study to fit such a career.
I’m reading a lot of old books, working on several creative side projects, and am writing this blog.
In a word, I’m building my own threshold, where the only threshold guardian is me.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Joseph Campbell’s theory of the monomyth, as espoused in The Hero with a Thousand Faces.
As a guide for story structure and dramaturgy, it’s an excellent tool.
But regrettably, it’s a pretty suckish model to plan your life around.