Hi Jane, very insightful and I felt very similar when you mention the thing about running away from…

Hi Jose, thanks for writing in! First, I need to make clear that passion and purpose are two very different things. Purpose is a mode of living, your ultimate goal, your highest values. Passion is simply something that energizes a particular thing you do, something you like to do. They’re not on the same level. One (passions) feed into your ability to successfully fulfill the other (purpose).

And finding purpose is often messy, long, and hard. So for two years, I had to figure it out for myself. That meant trying a few things like writing, even filming something, and generally flopping about by doing stuff and failing a little less everyday until I felt quite sure about what my purpose is.

Purpose isn’t something that hits you in one moment. It’s the result of a lot of effort in trying and failing, and failing a little better over time.

And yes, I believe the poets talk about practicing your purpose for good reason. Purpose makes your life feel worthwhile, no matter the obstacles.

Hope this helps, and good luck.

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