In 1988 I was in my first year of college–a time where your mind opens exponentially.
To fit all the new concepts that it is receiving.
But not all come straight from the classroom.
I remember, as many of you may, when Bill Moyers sat down with the wonderful Joseph Campbell, for “The Power of Myth” conversations on PBS. I had never heard anyone speak in such a layered, multi-cultural context about the stories that we create and the meaning we give them as we walk through our lives.
Hearing these messages about “the hero’s journey” gave me some glimmer that I was the protagonist of my own life. And let me tell you, when I first heard Mr. Campbell utter the phrase “follow your bliss,” well–it was a revelation.
And seriously challenged all that I had previously been taught.
It has taken over twenty years.
Alternately slogging and meandering. Therapy. Breakdown. Trooping and stumbling again.
To finally realize: I have been on the path all along.
It may not have come as readily or easily as it has for some. The voices in my head telling me otherwise have proved to be louder than the yearnings of my heart.
And somewhere, deep down and again–all along, Joseph Campbell has been there all along–showing me the way.
And today. I declare it. As I never have before: I am an Artist.
Yes, I am Artistic. You might say I have an Artist’s Flair, Eye, or Soul.
But I get to say it now. For the record. I AM AN ARTIST.
Just as the little girl who set up “shop” in her bedroom, creating all day long, knew this.
And it is, indeed, Bliss.
PS 1: This post was inspired by this post over at Brain Pickings.
PS 2: I especially love this Joseph Campbell post–I believe what it says with all my heart.
“If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in the field of your bliss, and they open the doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.”