" The hero has died as the modern man; but as eternal man - perfected, unspecific, universal man - he has been reborn. His second solemn task and deed therefore (as Toynbee declares and as all the mythologies of mankind indicate) is to return to us, transfigured, and teach the lesson he has learned of life renewed." - The Hero with 1000 Faces, Joseph Campbell
As I continue down the rabbit hole of the motif I have adopted for the TACFIT 805/Ventura County blog site ( You are your own hero; Be your own adventure) this passage above sat with me deeply today after I read it this morning.
My mind's gears began to spin...
In the TACFIT system we always try to balance out or "compensate" for any over use or vocation specific skill set used by the tactical athlete (let us use the term "tactical athlete" as a general term for the persons who train for their desired vocation - job, sport, hobbie, etc).
My first college level course I ever took was Philosophy 101: Intro to logic & reason. I still remember the first principle the professor taught us was to take an idea and apply it to various aspects of life. So in the way TACFIT compensates us for the movements we do the most of so should we as people compensate for our development. To encourage balance within us. A shortcoming is simply a sign of an area that needs growth. We must work on our strength as much as work on our mobility - we must sharpen are abstract thought as much as our logical thought. Everything comes with a price. Specialization and generalization both will have their pro's and their cons. Too much specialization will result in injury and too much generalization will result in muted growth. This is how we continue to evolve. This....is our hero's journey.
After letting this sit with me for the entirety of the day I then remembered one of my other favorite books, The Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman.
If you bring your focus to numbers 2 & 6 -
The sharing of our hero's journey is what drives us to the highest levels.
We are all trying to find our "purpose" in this life. Perhaps what we are actually looking for is finding our own true nature. The idea that by finding our true nature in this life and living it to the fullest we then - incidentally - impact the world around us with enrichment. Become full fledged heroes.
I have used this example before, but every animal in the world lives everyday to it's fullest nature and by doing so lends a hand to the other creatures around it to fulfill their own nature to their optimum level.
Now we weave these two principles together into what I feel Campbell spoke of: We search to specialize and then generalize to the degree that unique to our natures; taking all the things we love and then compounding them together into a synergistic practice that feeds into our greatest existence.
The common thought that we are taught is that we must pick one vocation, learn it, move up, continue, retire then expire...
This has NEVER sat well with me. It never made sense. I feel that we can give so much more into this life. If each person allowed themselves to follow their passions and learn them to the degree that their desire demands, with discipline and sincerity, each person would craft themselves into true Renaissance beings. Da'Vinci being a prime example of a man who was both scientist and an artist; both abstract and logical minded. We all should be in search of our own unique blend of abstract and logical and the crafts of practice that stem henceforth from those.
Learn art, physics, culinary, chemistry, animals, logic, music - the choices ore wonderfully vast! Use them together in ways so uniquely you that you cannot be ignored or help but change people. Stop getting in the way of your own genius!
What does all this philosophical jibber jabber mean you must be asking yourself..."Nicholas where the hell is your mind runnin' to?"
Valid question I agree...
Legion, what I wish to insist is that find what you love! Honestly. List them all...from the most to the least. When you do this then spend your time indulging your passions and see how they can be used together in service, or in sharing with the rest of the world. For we are not alone and someone may be just like you and be lost and you can give them some hope. TACFIT creator Scott Sonnon did this with his groundbreaking TedTalk on dyslexia and by chasing after his passions was able to use them as a vehicle to show that we are not broken creatures. We are perfect we just need some direction and application. Some yin, some yang, and the proper leverage. Some of us just may be fish trying to climb trees when really we should be swimming in the vast waters and when we are we become glorious sharks to be reckoned with.
Find your waters, Legion. Find the current that pulls you in and shoots you through the rapids to the falls of your greatest nature!
When we find our true waters then, as in the hero's journey, we return back, "transfigured, to teach the lessons he has learned of life renewed." This is why we must strive for our bliss; for what we love.
Work tenaciously then compensate for your strengths and weaknesses, mentally and physically, equally so you may continue to evolve into the hero you are meant to be. For the journey that those hero's waters will take us on will change us for the better forever. And who knows...who know who you could touch, save, and/or inspire as you do.
I wish you find your waters, Legion.
Train with passion.