The Greatest Journey We Can Take Is to Truly Know Ourselves

Embarking on my hero’s journey through the badlands of my soul

Vincent Van Patten
Writers’ Blokke


The warrior poet, exploring the badlands of the soul. Created with Copilot.

Talk to your grandmother or the man who owns your favorite restaurant, and you’ll find that a similar story structure defines the journey of their lives.

It’s the same framework which represents ancient myths, classic fables, modern blockbusters, as well as the rollercoaster careers of the world’s greatest athletes, and those of the modern artists, doers and shakers we look up to.

Most importantly, it’s the structure that our own lives may follow, that of the hero’s journey, described by Joseph Campbell in his 1949 classic, The Hero With a Thousand Faces.

He describes the journey like this:

“A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.”

Think about the people you look up to. They don’t have to be famous, rich, or successful by society’s standards.

We’re inspired not because these people have had an easy road to get to where they are, but because they were called to a more…