We are discussing the stages of Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey. Campbell proposed a monomyth, a universal story arc called the hero’s journey, that he said was found in myths and stories from cultures around the world. The hero sets forth on an adventure (departure), faces obstacles and trials (initiation), is victorious over them, and returns with boons and gifts to share with the rest of the world (return). The hero’s journey can be an external adventure though it always involves an inner transformative journey. You might be familiar with books or movies that use this arc (for example, Star Wars). In your life, you might look for parallels where you overcame your fears, the discouragement of others, or external blocks and took steps towards a goal. Maybe you had to learn new skills, take on rivals, and do things that pulled you out of your comfort zone, and regardless of the outcome, engaging with this process changed you forever.
You're writing about not writing means your should write-- the novel that is. I know perfectionism can be a hindrance to our dreams. You write beautifully. A novel is in your stars.
Great piece Priya.
I had no idea English wasn’t your first language - you write so well that I never would of guessed.
I really enjoy the way you make our perfectionism, procrastination, and self-doubt more real by connecting them to the idea of threshold guardians. I think it’s good to put a face to the foe you want to overcome - and your piece does that well.
The guardians in the temples may be there to deny the entrance for procrastination, perfectionism, internal fears, doubts, and self-sabotaging behaviors, etc. So you can reach your destination, the divinity.