One of the greatest challenges of modern times is to work out what our purpose in life is. It used to be that our purpose was to breed in order to further the human race, and hopefully to stay alive long enough to die in our sleep. Life was harsh, and people didn’t much care what their purpose in life was, except for a few philosophers here and there.
But today, everyone’s a philosopher because life is easy. We have the luxury of having time and freedom to think about things other than our survival. And so our thoughts turn to ‘purpose’. And that’s challenging because our life purpose is going to change according to what we’re doing (our life as it is now), what we want to do (the things that we love doing), and where we want to go (our goals in life).
If you want to work out what your purpose in life is, follow these steps:
- Look at your life today. Are you happy? If not, why not? Why are you doing things that make you unhappy? If you’re unhappy, move on to the next step…
- Look at the things that you love doing. If you’re not doing anything you love doing, you better start! Work out what you love doing and start doing them. If you’re already doing things you love, then try to understand why you love them. What value do they bring to your life.
- Look at where you want to go in life. Do your future goals align with the things that you love doing? Or do they align with the things that actually make you unhappy?
You can see where this is going, can’t you. You’ll be closer to your ‘purpose’ in life when you start doing what you’re passionate about, and you align your future goals in life with those passions. You’ll have a happy, rewarding and fulfilling life because you’re doing the things you love to do, and you can see that your future goals are centred around the same rewarding experiences.
Do you know what your purpose is? It’s to find a way to be happy, and then to do it.
A lot of people don’t do this because they’re worried about money. I’m in this crowd too. And yes, I’m writing this for you and for myself. There’s a saying, “We teach what we need to learn.” I find that the best way for me to learn something is for me to teach others about it. But back to the topic.
Your worry about money prevents you from doing what you love doing. And your worry about money keeps you trapped in jobs that you don’t like, doing things you don’t like, in a life that you don’t like, and which could be so much more than what it is.
The thing is, if you do what you love doing, then the money will follow. You’ll work out a way to make money along the way, as you embrace more of what you love. It might make you wealthy, or it might just give you enough to be healthy and happy as you enjoy your happy, rewarding and fulfilling life doing what you love most.
Do you know what you would love to do? Maybe you should just start doing it. It’s your life, you don’t get another chance at this one.
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