“Furthermore, we have not even to risk the adventure alone; for the heroes of all time have one before us, the labyrinth is fully known; we have only to follow the thread of the hero-path. And where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god; where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves; where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence; where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world.”
These words were on my mind as I felt the plane lift off the runway heading towards Scotland to follow the bagpipes. I am not an easy traveller as some who have no fear of flying, missing train schedules, or unexpected detours. I want a plan with timetables and reservation numbers to confirm that there will be food and shelter at the other end of the journey. In other words, I want security every step of the way. There is safety in believing that somehow I remain fully in control of my circumstances and surroundings.
That is not the hero journey. To travel that road, security and comfort must be set aside for something grander to occur. The important thing, I reminded myself, is that I have taken a first step.