Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth, 1988.
I grew up living Joseph Campbell's famous words, 'follow your bliss.' He first expressed them in the TV series, 'Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth with Bill Moyer" in 1988, not in the early years of my upbringing ; my timing may be off, but not the words which feel like they have always been part of me. Campbell's commitment to following his bliss is mine as well. It guides me to live in a way that is honest, possible, and satisfying.
The track is there; I see it. I keep my eyes open. I know the people that open door. I know when bliss is offered. Sometimes it was hard to follow my bliss; sometimes it still is. I wanted to take the easy path--a path with my social gang, a path that the adults in my life laid out for me and expected me to take, a path with comfort along the way. I took many of those paths laid out for me. Fortunately, many of those paths were right for me.
I also laid many of my own paths, which I think of as bliss paths. My times at the Cottage by the Sea, and my solitary travel to Florence and Scotland are two, for which I am very grateful.