“Whether small or great, and no matter what the stage or grade of life, the Call rings up the curtain, always, on a mystery of transfiguration — a rite or a moment of spiritual passage, which when complete amounts to a dying and a birth. The familiar life horizon has been outgrown; the old concepts, ideals, and emotional patterns no longer fit; the time for the passing of a threshold is at hand.”
~Joseph Campbell, An Open Life
Campbell has described the hero’s Call as succinctly as “the feeling that there is an adventure” out there for the hero or heroine. I like this passage because it’s easy to forget the dying portion of the rebirth that comes with any change, always looking to the good ahead. This reminds me of the hard work it takes to actually get there.