My Shero’s Journey
My own Shero’s Journey began the moment I heard the branch crack. It was my “call to adventure,” as Joseph Campbell would have (euphemistically) called it. I surrendered to falling, and so said “yes” to the journey.
There was an immediate reward – a feeling of bliss – while still in the air. But there were countless challenges still to come. As I faced each one – managing my new body, an inaccessible world, crushing emotions – I received increasing gifts. A flood of insight. Bursts of joy. Developing romance. And finally, a compulsion to share the story of my experience thus far.
When I saw the transformation that story inspired, I realized I now had a gift to give. In Campbell’s terms, my story was the “elixir of life” wrought by my journey, and it was time to share the prize. I had a new sense of purpose and fierce determination (both benefits of my relationship with paralysis). I crafted my one-woman show and began performing and speaking across the country.
But I didn’t yet have the language of “Shero.” Nor did I have the breadth of understanding I have today. My journey was ongoing, shaped by new challenges – giving birth to my son; treating a benign brain tumor. Shortly after I began coaching, I made the connection to Joseph’s Campbell’s work and realized I had a new “elixir” to share.
Engaging life’s challenges instead of fighting or avoiding them had become a way of life for me. And the benefits were ever-present. I knew it was an approach that needed to be shared. So I looked back at my own journey, the attitudes I had and actions I took, the lessons I learned. And I codified it. That codification became the Shero’s Way™.
I am a breathing example of Shero. My life – beginning a few months before my fall to today – exemplifies the Shero’s Journey and what it can bring. As a result of my journey, I now carry gems: The re-imagined Shero’s Journey and the Shero’s Way™, for facing change, challenge, and adversity in modern times. These gems are now mine to give.
Your Shero’s Journey
It starts with a moment. A moment of recognition. Have you received a “call to adventure?” Can you sense the potential in the challenge you’re facing? All it takes is a simple “yes.” That one word opens the door to all that’s possible. You can step onto your own journey. You can have the gifts that are waiting for you. You can make of your challenges an opportunity to soar. You have what it takes. And I’m here, lighting your way.
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