How to become your own HERO

May 22 2021 Share

Everyone is the hero of their own story. One does not have to be a sword-wielding knight or a cape-donning super being to embrace the fact that we all face challenges and overcome them on a daily basis. From tasks in the office boardroom to caring for a family, the hero is within us all. Here is how you can activate that power…

Leaving comfort

Every hero journey begins from a place of comfort – a place we do not want to leave. Testing the waters into the unknown is always frightening and would require several changes be made. But that first step has to be taken, whether as a decision to change or being thrust unwillingly into a crazy world. Embrace that push for treasures lie on the other side.

Facing challenges

Once the confines of safety are left, the world throws everything it has at you. Challenges, tasks, temptations, annoyances, grief… the list goes on. This is where one’s strength is tested. This is what moulds the hero and gathers up their experience, even if they do not yet process it. But no challenge can be overcome alone. What challenges did you overcome recently?


Getting help

As everyone is their own hero, everyone also acts as a guide to someone else. Sometimes a companion sets out with you from the start… think Sam accompanying Frodo to Mordor. Others give wisdom along the way and pass on either through contemplative advice or by showing you the tricks of the trade. Who has helped you along your journey?


There is a moment of change every hero goes through. This moment, called many things by many cultures, comes at different times to different people. But this is the death-rebirth motif found in so many stories. Its when the old layers are dropped off to reveal a new and experienced hero who has conquered a myriad of trials.

Coming back

The hero comes back with the treasure or knowledge acquired in the underworld or savage lands of the unknown. Now it is time for the hero to show and teach like his helpers once did. These are the lessons you have learned in your darkest of times which you can speak about with experience. That is, until, the cycle starts again as the next adventure calls…


Joseph Campbell, c. 1980



This structure is called the ‘Monomyth’, pointed out by comparative mythologist Joseph Campbell. His work in studying religions across cultures and time revealed this underlying structure to every single story. Campbell’s work, especially his book ‘The Hero with a Thousand Faces’, inspired storytellers ever since its publication in 1949, including Star Wars creator George Lucas.



Your hero journey is shared by people across generations. Every single person who has ever lived has had to undergo similar trials. Not all overcame it, others are going through it and some have emerged out of it time and time again. But its your story too. You are not alone – even if your challenges are unique. You belong to a line of heroes.






Authenticity | by Għajjejt u Xbajt

May 22 2021 Share

“One is not born, but rather becomes a woman.”

Out of context, it might be difficult to get exactly what this means. As an Existentialist, Simone de Beauvoir was of the firm believe that external influences – the “other” – are of a direct detriment to authenticity. But what does this even mean in a modern world?

The core belief of this philosophy is that a person is nothing like a windmill, in that they do not have a predetermined purpose to life. When a windmill is constructed, it has the specific function of using wind to create kinetic energy which then works the internal cogs to suit the use it was built for. A human being, meanwhile, is a blank slate heaped with potential to do whatever it is that makes them feel like they have found their place in life. Or as Jean-Paul Sartre would put it, “Existence precedes essence.”

The key term here is “authenticity”, but what does this have to do with feminism? “Man is defined as a human being and woman as a female – whenever she behaves as a human being she is said to imitate the male.” Thus, de Beauvoir is implying that idea of womanhood has been moulded and imposed on people from birth purely by external, archaic and irrelevant input.

It is said of an inauthentic living that this causes what can be referred to as existential anxiety. This would mean that as one lives a life dictated by the other, then they are at all times hyper aware that they feel wrong. Harkening back to Sartre for the analogy, let’s consider a husband who believes that his wife is cheating on him in a specific motel room. He looks through the keyhole to confirm his suspicion, but is suddenly entirely overwhelmed by the notion that if someone were to catch him out of context he would be considered the mightiest of peeping perverts.

This, in relative comparison, is the reason why feminism is now more relevant than ever. From the ages of 11 – 18, most young women are fed what they should look like, be like, act like, move like, dress like, dance like, laugh like, take a shit like. Is it any wonder then when it is assumed that any woman fighting for her right to be allowed to be authentic is considered a man-hater if it is predominantly men who lay into these presuppositions?

Of course it is never one-sided or gender-based, and neither is the notion of gender to be considered one or the other in today’s day and age. The issue is that people are still keeping other people trapped based entirely on a predetermined notion of roles based on genitals. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s a little fucked up.

Naturally, following the notion that the binary nature of gender is now rightfully considered ludicrous at best, this is not an exclusively female issue. One is told what they need to do to “be a man” from birth too. The problem though is that when someone perceived as male fights back they are celebrated for their endeavour to retain authenticity, while most people identifying as female are considered to be litigious and hormonal.

From women’s suffrage, to bra burning, to the #MeToo movement, women have been ridiculed for attempting to break out of their imposed shackles for too long. The need for feminism now is not at the level of basic rights on paper, but for the opportunity to be allowed to live authentically. Of course, with freedom comes inherent responsibility, but I don’t quite understand why women taking responsibility for their lives is still considered taboo.

“The point is not for women simply to take power out of men’s hands, since that wouldn’t change anything about the world. It’s a question precisely of destroying that notion of power.”


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Over 30,000 government vouchers within first 24 hours

May 22 2021 Share

Following the announcement of a second set of government vouchers earlier this week, Minister for the Economy Silvio Schembri took to Facebook to share some news with regards to the vouchers’ digital downloads.

The Minister reported that within the first 24 hours, 30,000 Maltese citizens digitally downloaded the €100 vouchers via the government app.

Bonġu lil kulħadd☀️ Fl-ewwel 2️⃣4️⃣ siegħa kienu aktar minn 3️⃣0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ ruħ li niżżlu l-€100 vawċers b’ mod…

Posted by Silvio Schembri on Friday, 21 May 2021


Schembri went on to express his satisfaction with the new method of facilitation of vouchers through technology and encouraged the Maltese to download their vouchers.

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UK registers only 15 COVID-19 cases from events attended by 60,000

May 22 2021 Share

Out of a 60,000-strong attendance from nine different pilot events, the UK recorded just 15 new COVID-19 cases, British officials have confirmed on Friday.

The government permitted limited crowds at multiple events including the Brit Awards, two FA Cup games and the World Snooker Championships to research COVID-19 transmission after easing restrictions.

The UK was one of the hardest-hit countries in Europe, but has been gradually easing lockdown measures in line with an encouraging and successful vaccination programme, with Boris Johnson expected to announce further relaxation of restrictions next week.