At the close of any story, the hero crosses from her the unknown world where she has ultimately faced personal change and triumph and returns to her ordinary world changed. This part of Campbell’s “monomyth” is the act of Restoring Order and The Freedom to Live (without fear).
The Order: returning to what is known and secure.
The Freedom: to not be afraid to face new experiences.
After the jet lag had passed, and I finally felt normal, the return to my ordinary world was made with fresh eyes. It was a gift to hug my babies (human and furry), to sleep in my own bed, to flop on the couch and watch TV. Oh, it was so good to be back to my safe, secure, ordinary world, but I wouldn’t trade that adventure for anything.