I’ve been at this blogging thing for over a year. I thought it would be fun to turn back the hands of time and take a look at some of my posts from last year. The ones early on, which few people read.
That’s right. This is like receiving the keys to the secret chamber, where the hidden tales of blogging yore are stored.
Actually, my schedule is catching up to me, so in all honesty, this is my solution for not having a new post written. 😮
Don’t judge. I’ll get back to it next week.
In the meantime, I’m dubbing this Throwback Week. First up, epic journeys.
So have I.
So has everyone through the history of the world.
In fact, you’re on one right now. It might not be literal, such as traveling through Europe or flying cross-country on a business trip.
It might be as simple as finishing the day at work or studying for an upcoming test, but it’s still a journey.
Our lives are a huge tapestry of journeys.
- Working through school
- Growing up
- Getting married
- Moving to another country
- Finding a job
We’re familiar with this journey-thing because it’s part of life.
Books Take Us On Journeys
That’s why we relate to stories.
Some are more epic than others, involving actual travel to new places. But even a story set in a single location—like a city—contains the journey of the main character. He or she wants to achieve something and faces obstacles along the way. They have a path and want to follow it.
So do we.
The stories we read are reflections of real life.
One of the most epic journeys in literature is the quest in Lord of the Rings. A tale about the journey of four homely hobbits. Pulled from their comfortable lives, they trek across the world hundreds of miles from home. Their physical journey becomes a representation of the many figurative and literal journeys we take.
We soak up the quest because in one way or another, it reflects the personal quests of our own lives. The hobbits meet enemies. They suffer hardships. They try, and fail.
But they also make new friends, see new places, and partake in victories.
Every person we meet is a walking story, whether we see it or not. Who hasn’t gone through a difficult time in life? Who hasn’t made new friends or celebrated a job well done?
In a way, when we read, we take the journey with the hobbits. We connect with them on a deeper level. Their story becomes our story. Their lives become our lives.
Bad things happen to the hobbits, but they manage to pull through. Because of the connection we have, their perseverance inspires us. We see them find hope in the midst of a trial and it encourages us to do the same.
And at the end of the day, we’ve not only read a darn good book, we’ve learned lessons that will stay with us forever.
What’s your favorite epic journey? I’d love to hear your thoughts.