It has been a while since I have posted anything. You could say that I have been in a state of reflection over the last six months. My start-up had to be dissolved for various reasons, and I was forced to contemplate what my next steps would be in life. This really forced me to look at the topic of this post, my life’s purpose.
Each and every person on this planet, including you, has something that we are innately drawn to. Something that deep down feels right. No matter what you do, what you think or where you are in your life, you have something that is ever so slightly tugging at you. You know you should take that class, change your career, start that business, by that plane ticket… At its core that is your life’s purpose guiding you towards doing whatever is right for you.
How may of you can truly say that your actions and passions align? Is what you want out of life in your near or distant future, or is it in your future at all? I have talked about happiness before, but as I have grown I have found that one thing above all leads to the distillation of real happiness, and that is living your life to its fullest potential. To be truly happy you must find and act on your purpose in life. Maybe that purpose is to raise a family. Maybe you are meant to cure the common cold. Maybe you should be painting and sculpting to demonstrate your creative capacity. Only you can discover and define your life’s purpose, and only you can manifest that dream into a tangible reality.
You define your purpose and you create your life. But until that day comes, you will always have the feeling of emptiness inside of you. That feeling that something is missing. Relationships do not fill that void, television does not fill that void, day-to-day distractions do not fill that void. Why? Because the lack of fulfillment is a compass. It is helping you to find the truth of your own life. When you have real satisfaction and gratification, you know that you have found or are finding your purpose in life.
I would argue that for most, your purpose will involve some sort of altruism. I have personally never felt more satisfied than when I am helping others, or working towards something that will have a net positive impact on this world. My challenge to you is to discover something that not only satisfies your own internal desire, but also will fuel the progress of others. There are hundreds, if not thousands of different causes, needs, and global issues that can only be addressed with the collaboration of us all, and none of these things will change if everyone is fatigued from their lack of purpose drive work.
Go, explore, experiment, create. Find that spark of passion inside of you and let it ignite into a storm of your best self.