Each life is an interpretation of our soul’s journey. The carefully detailed series of events evolves into a unique, vibrant, thoughtful, and potentially heroic story.
We are the star and villain of this ongoing work. We can inform our stories with triumph, tragedy, or something between the two. Our script is an unwrapped gift, a bound book with blank pages. We are responsible for writing our story and determining the outcome of every scene. But this degree of responsibility places a great weight on our shoulders. If we remain unaware of this, we might become the victim in our own story instead of the victor.
The way we tell our story is important. We continually sift through competing stories to get a glimpse of our world.
Whether we consider ourselves a heroic figure overcoming obstacles or a tragic victim often depends on how we choose to tell our story.
Creating your own personal myth can be a fundamental way to uncover meaning. We are still the protagonist who has supportive characters offering love and help and adversaries challenging us to push beyond our comfort zones. Instead of narcissism or navel-gazing, the more intimate we become with our own story, the more we realize that everybody has an equally valid and vital narrative in which they’re the central character.
Understanding that everyone is on his or her journey can help us connect and empathize with them.
In each myth, the protagonist has a character arc, a specific way they mature and grow through the changing tides of their story. Similarly, each individual has been on an ever-evolving journey of self-discovery has made daily choices about which path to follow.
By reframing our lives as adventures of personal growth, we can adapt to the twists and turns of intrigue and consider unexpected difficulties as opportunities for self-transformation. With enthusiasm, we can take back ownership of our lives and shape our stories through choice and voice.
Thinking about ourselves as the main character in our story can help us create new perspectives on the situations we encounter repeatedly. Instead of getting stuck in the standard script, imagine you’re playing the lead character in a novel or film that runs into a difficult problem – say, a heated argument with your significant other.
- What do you hope you will do this situation?
- What measures or outcomes should you focus on?
- What can you tell us about this example?
- How can you, the protagonist, use this example to become more compassionate, caring, creative or strong?
- Why would a benevolent writer place you in a special situation?
With imagination and well-directed self-examination, you’ll emerge from your history, inspect the landscape, and determine whether you should stay on your present path or move in a different direction. You will then turn barriers into opportunities to disrupt bad habits and improve your character to become the shining hero of your living and evolving story.