It was that moment during my lesson on the mythic hero’s journey when it was time to talk philosophically:
Some potential heroes are reluctant to answer the call to adventure. There are reasons to feel that way – sometimes really good reasons. Perhaps they don’t feel prepared to go slay the shark in Jaws. Maybe they believe that there are other far more qualified scientists who can destroy the asteroid that’s hurtling towards Earth in Armageddon. Sometimes they feel comfortable in the complacency of their ordinary world, like Billy Madison. But part of being a hero is that it is that person’s destiny to answer that call and to go take that journey and achieve that quest. How many of you believe that our lives are in some manner preordained and that everything actually happens for a reason?
The entire room was suddenly filled with hands raised far into the air – and my entire mind was suddenly filled with the realization that I am just not like everybody else.