Well, that just about wraps up the 2020: Year of the Hero project. Thank you to everyone who took this devotional journey with me through that explored many of the dead connected to Dionysos. It’s very fitting that we end this project with Herakles: the man who became a God. Each and every one of the dead we honored rose to greatness through the Bacchiness of their lives whether they were ecstatic artists, rebellious libertines, faithful martyrs, kings and queens in the lap of luxury, fervent devotees, or just about any other walk of life. Each one of them lived the most Dionysian lives they could and now for quite a few of them wine is their sweet reward. May our dead inspire us everyday to be unapologetically and unabashedly devoted to our Gods. Who will the next Dionysian hero be? May it be that through your actions at the end of your life one of those heroes will be you!
And now for some reflections. 2020 was a year that didn’t go at all like any of us planned. I started the year with a completely different idea of where I’d be by the end of it and what would happen during it and pretty much every single plan I had has had the rug pulled out from under it. Except one: the Year of the Hero. I think that shows one of the many benefits of regular devotion. Your world might be crumbling all around you but you will always have the Gods and spirits. You will always have a focal point from which to stand on in the turbulence of life. Hold fast and let it be your bastion.
As I type these words, I am getting ready to embark on another journey to a new region and to new goals. I’ve decided to go back to school and finish my bachelor’s degree and I have some potential spiritual work lined up that I am ready to take on with open arms. When the time is right I’ll share more about it. Today is my 24th birthday. I pray that the Gods and spirits always aid and guide me in my 24th year as I pray that They will do so for the rest of my life and even beyond. There have been ups and downs but I feel that my future is bright. I gave my life to Hermes and Dionysos and I will be sure with each opportunity to live heroically.
And now we return to the beginning to start anew. So ends 2020: The Year of the Hero. Take it away, David!