We’ve heard about “life purpose” a lot over the years. It was new for awhile and then it became overused. It’s kind of like the “myth” of a soul mate; only one and you may never find it.
I’m here to tell you that there is such a thing as both a life purpose AND a soul mate, and neither one has to be the one do all, end all, and if you don’t find THE ONE, you’ll never be totally at peace or happy. There are many roads to a life purpose and numerous soul mates for each of us, but I’ll focus on life purpose in this blog.
First off, while you may know the feeling you want to have when you find your “purpose”, you may not know the how or exactly what it is. I knew from a young age that I wanted to heal and inspire others, but I didn’t care for blood so those sort of healing professions were out, and I thought I was thinking too highly of myself to think I could inspire anyone, so I let those thoughts go for years.
Do you remember a time when you had some sort of idea in mind like I did? Look at what brings you joy…helping others, being creative, nature…so many things and directions we could take that would feel like our purpose is being fulfilled. Sometimes a combination of what we love will take us towards our purpose.
For a long time I knew I wanted more “purpose” in my life. I had a decent job, a nice place to live, I performed in local theatre as often as I could get cast in a good part and had an okay life. But when I got right down to it, I was a bit lonely and felt like I was adrift without a real purpose. Human beings may need love, but they also need to feel proud of what they are accomplishing, and most knowing that yes, they make a difference. At some point I decided to go back to school to become a life coach and to help people move gracefully through the changes in their life, and then by also being a speaker, I truly felt I was helping to heal and inspire others; those two things that came to me when I was younger.
It took a long time for me, but it doesn’t have to for you. Know that your purpose is something as simple as mine was, but how you make it happen can be in many, many different ways. Keep testing them out until you figure out which direction is right for you at this time in your life. The direction and the way you make it happen may change, but the underlying purpose will not usually shift all that much.
So life purpose, myth or fact? You decide!