All of us have to learn how to invent our lives, make them up, imagine them. We need to be taught these skills; we need guides to show us how. Without them, our lives get made up for us by other people.*
(Ursula Le Guin)
Myths, told for their own sake, are not stories that have meanings, but stories that give meanings. […] We resonate with myth when it resounds in us. A myth resounds in me when its voice is heard in mine but not heard as mine.**
We put our lives together from people we’ve met, places we have been, events we have immersed ourselves in, books that we have read, experiments that we have explored – there is no such thing as hermetically developed meaning and purpose.
Our guides are all around us.
We mix all of these together in a never before imagined way of creating a never-to-be-repeated life.
It’s not once and for all, which means, we haven’t missed our opportunity. It can happen any time in life and is possible every day.
This journey is nothing less than exhilarating.
(*From Ursula Le Guin’s Words Are My Matter.)
(**From James Carse’s Finite and Infinite Games.)