A Hero’s Journey Layout

Ther hero’s journey plot diagram is a very commonly used method in many modern-day movies of every genre. Most commonly though you will find this method best demonstrated in action or adventure movies. Though it is quite clear in these types of movies it is used all through the movie-making industry. It may not seem like it at first but upon closer inspection, you can begin to see the trace of it among most movies. One movie that particularly jumped out at me with this layout would be the famously known Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief.

The Percy Jackson series is a prime example of a hero’s journey’s story.  This begs the question of why? Well, it is not just the stories’ use of action and adventure that meets the criteria of the genre, but its plot layout is also manufactured perfect unison with that of the hero’s journey template.

When looking at the plot we can see the hero’s journey within every aspect of the story. From the call to adventure, (When he gets attacked at school by Miss.Dodds) to the approach, (When Percy, Annabelle, and Grover approach Hades in the underworld). These are just a few of the many examples throughout the story that make it such a good example of a hero journey.

So now that we’ve taken a look at an example of a hero journey template it begs the question… why is it such a popular method? Personally, I believe this plot is so popular because of our natural need for adventure, but with stability and somewhat knowing what’s going to happen next. I think that when we are viewing a movie or reading a book we like to know what type of action is going to happen next, but still having that mystery of not knowing what this action may be. I don’t know if this is just a general assumption, but I do believe are constant use for this template is kind of our human need for adventure with some stability.

Overall this hero’s journey template is widely used and is quite effective. When you really begin to look at your favorite movies or books you can see how they all use this generic template. I don’t know if this makes our favorite stories lose their luster and makes them predictable, but you cannot discredit its ability to stand the tests of time. So I leave you with a proposition, next time you are watching a movie or reading a book try and follow the template and see if you can guess what will happen next.

My Dream House

Moving out into the world alone is a very exciting and new time in our lives. When we think of this monumental time in our lives we also tend to let our mind wander to where we will live. Although most of those dream houses are unattainable at a young age we can still let our minds run free and imagine what we would choose to spend our first moments of liberty.

Personally, I have always been drawn to city life. After growing up in small towns on acreages I have come to appreciate this lifestyle however, I have always seen living in a city to be a very lively experience. I think the aspect of just having so many more opportunities and experiences just really pairs with my personality and ambitions. So I think that my dream house would be in a city. A place like New York or San Fransisco has always seemed very appealing to me, but I think for the time being a place in Canada is my best bet.

Still being young I don’t think I would need or want too much room in my house just because I like a cozier and less intimidating feel in a home. So I would probably choose to live in an apartment, and I don’t mean a little apartment like the ones in Edmonton, I mean ones similar to those in all of our classic sitcoms like friends or the less known show New Girl. I would definitely want to be on one of the higher floors because I really like to look of a balcony. With that, I would want a view of the city when it’s dark and all the lights are on showing the liveliness of the area. I wouldn’t want to be right downtown, but maybe an older part that is not always so loud. Some people ask me, “well what about the noise” and honestly, that’s not really a problem to me and actually is quite soothing.

Now the location is important but equally as important is the interior. I would want an open concept house so it feels less closed in. Another thing too make the house seem more inviting would be windows all throughout the home. Along with that, I would want one wall that is brick to give the apartment an old and classic look, that paired with a support beam in the living room would be ideal for me. A few bedrooms would be nice to have for when people come to visit especially for the family if I end up living farther away. Along with the layout, I would want the furniture to match the old New York style that I have always loved.

So from what you can see my ideal housing situation is very different than what I have grown up with but I think it would be a good thing to experience. I have grown to appreciate country life and would really like to enjoy and experience city life too.

The Car of my Dreams

When you think of a monumental moment in your life as a young person you think of many things. Your first day of school or graduation and many moments in between. However one always seems to stick out, that being when you finally became a licensed driver. Everywhere, but especially in smaller towns getting your driver’s license is a very important time in your life and signifies a sense of freedom. Along with this certification we all dream of what car we could flaunt this new achievement with and finally cruise on the open roads.

If I were to have the ability to have any car I would probably choose a 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda. I think that the design of this car is just astonishing and is very well articulated. The red design is by far my favorite model of the car and really accents the black that is a well-known aspect of this car. The body resembles that of a muscle car but with more sleek and defined lines that really catch your eye. The red and black are also accented by the hints of sharp silver, in both the rims of the tires and smaller lines throughout the car.

The interior of the car is also a very important aspect, obviously, not many people along the road will see it however, it really ups the appeal of the car to have a sleek interior. Ideally, for me, I would have a black interior, not really for any particular reason but I just think that it makes a car look very sophisticated and well kept. To personalize my car I would also add some smaller dice on the mirror, I know it’s a little clique but I really think that dice attitudes pairs with a car like that. I’d also add smaller chains or charms throughout the car a bit just cause it adds some personalization and really makes it your own. I would also want it to have a manual transmission purely because it is way cooler and really goes along with the drag racing vibes of the car. That paired with a V8 engine would make for a really classic and sleek set of wheels.

I have always really appreciated older cars and just how nice their designs are. I think this is probably because of my Uncle, as when I was growing up he had always had a passion for cars. In my younger years after spending time with him, I think that the appreciation for old and classic cars influenced me and helped shape what I know today as my dream car. I also know that when I do go on the endeavor of finding a car he will be the first person I ask to help, solely because he knows the most about cars out of anyone I know and I am really glad he got to help me to appreciate them too.

Overall I think that my dream car might have to stay as just a dream as this model is quite rare and has been auctioned for under a little under 2 million and on average sells for about 340,000 dollars. So this draws me to the conclusion that I will probably have to do some saving before I can afford a beauty of a car like the Plymouth Cuba.

Rosiness or Gloomy Grey: View on the World

Growing up we are always told that we either see the glass half full or half empty. It has been said that “It always seems to be raining harder than it really is when you look at the weather through the window.” There are many other saying similar to this one that always seems to favor an optimistic mindset. However, this does beg the question of whether it is better to go through life with a happy go lucky point of view or is it more beneficial to have more of a calculated and skeptical outlook?

When we think of a pessimist we immediately think of someone who is very negative and by definition yes that is what a pessimist is. However when we really start to look into how a pessimist thinks we can begin to see that they aren’t really negative more calculated and worried people. A pessimist will usually plan for failure rather than success which at times can seem very grim, but in their minds, they see it as planning a different route. There are obviously different degrees of pessimism ranging from the annoyingly negative to the cautious however with a certain balance of cautiousness and worry a little bit of pessimism can be a beneficial thing to help motivate and drive you to make more articulated decisions.

Now we shift to the opposite, generally, we think of an optimist as a very happy go lucky person, and protagonist if you will. People who are optimists are generally very hopeful and positive people and seem to draw people to them. There is no doubt that having an optimistic view of the world can help you, however along with the positives, there are also drawbacks. When you view the world only through the good you sometimes miss the negative and that can lead you into situations that could be quite problematic. Optimists will usually enter situations without considering what could go wrong and this can lead them to make hasty and badly thought out choices. But along with these drawbacks, there is no doubt that an optimistic outlook can make you a more exciting and friendly person, making social interactions more enjoyable for you and anyone else involved meaning which leads you to be more extroverted and social.

Personally, I see myself as a mixture of these two personality traits. I try to see the hopeful side of things but I often find myself wondering about what could go wrong or the possible downsides of my decisions. I don’t necessarily think that is a bad thing as it allows me to make more articulated decisions and has benefited me throughout my life. I think that the best way from my personal perspective, to summarize pessimism would be with the quote, “It always seems to be raining harder than it really is when you look at the weather through the window.” When you think about it, this does really make sense because with pessimism you only try and understand what you see whereas with optimism you are always trying to see past the bad and what is behind it in the good.

Optimism and pessimism are both needed in this world you cannot discredit that. As was once said, “Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute.” With that, it really gives us a very good look into what these traits can help us achieve. So with that, there is no real answer to whether we should have a pessimistic or optimistic mindset, however, a balance of the two is what I think would be the ideal outlook. To see the good and the bad is what helps us to be both safe and hopeful throughout our lives.




It always seems to be raining harder than it really is when you look at the weather through the window.” George Bernard shaw,