Interview by Sarah Mervosh
“Trying to do everything I do the very best I can.
Trying to go for my highest in whatever I do.”
Name: John Sorensen
Hometown: Truckee, CA
Occupation: John is currently retired and “looking for the next challenge” in his life, but previously worked in the field of aeronautical engineering.
Passions: Sculpting, hiking, skiing, reading sailing, aviation and space
Number of Journeys: Three
HJ: How did you hear the call to this type of adventure?
JS: About four years ago, that was the time I sold my company so I had time to do some inner work and really do some looking at myself and what I had done and what I still had to do. And what really brings meaning to me and what needed to change … The culmination of that experience was the Hero’s Journey ®.
HJ: What was a particular challenge or obstacle for you in your own Hero’s Journey ® ? How did you overcome it?
JS: It was part of dealing with some old stuff that I had been carrying all my life and it was about feeling not good enough. The … challenge was to really open up and let myself feel all the pain and hurt from all those yeas of carrying that monkey on my back of not feeling good enough. And being able to express that in a group of men and be totally accepted and reaffirmed for who I was.
HJ: What has been your experience of allies in your life?
JS: I’ve had friends over the years that I was able to talk to them about what was going on in my life and why it was a challenge and what I needed to do. [And] one of the great things about the Hero’s Journey ® is that you do develop a group of allies and we’re there for each other.
HJ: And what has been your experience of synchronicity?
JS: I think it’s been synchronous … this whole business of running a company and selling it which set me up for the rest of my life. The opportunity came for it all really to come together. I feel this whole thing is mystical. My whole life has been a mystical journey and it has culminated into today. And what’s next? I don’t know what’s going to be next but I know it’s going to be good.
HJ: How have you made your own life a hero’s journey?
JS: I think I have been a hero to my two sons. I think I have given them a good model of a successful man who has done the right thing by people. I think I have been perhaps a hero to those who have worked for me. I tried to be a good model for them. Right now, my intention is to be a humanitarian and that really is part of my journey. Jumping into something like that and not really knowing where it is going to go is a hero quality.