Do we have a life purpose?
I’m a generally optimistic person. I know that if I put in consistent work and effort, results will come. But from time to time, my mood will drop and I’ll feel quite negative about life. This past week was one of them.
After I graduated from college, I’ve been doing some heavy exploring in career options. I knew I didn’t want a 9–5 in the corporate world, and instead started exploring different business ideas (virtual assistant, life coaching, and now motivational speaking).
I’ve considered many different types of career paths for myself over the course of four years. Lawyer, doctor, actor, pilot, zookeeper, teacher, musician, athlete… you name it.
Right now in 2022, I’m focusing on building my speaking business, but I still have my doubts sometimes.
“What’s the point?” “Nobody actually cares.” “What if I fall on my face and all of this is for nothing?” “My family was right, I should’ve just went to law school.”
These kinds of questions came to mind today as I sat at the beach, staring into the Miami skyline. I started to feel really bad about myself again, even though I love to preach to others about how amazing and powerful they are.
When people ask me, “how do I find my life purpose?”, I respond with, “We don’t find it. We create it.” And I think that’s both good and bad news. The good news is that we can do anything. The bad news is… that we can do anything, and it can be really, really overwhelming.
This is when it becomes important to remember your vision for the future. What exactly is your dream life? How do you want to feel? What kind of person do you have to become to achieve that? These are all very important questions. But also remember, that it’s okay if you don’t know or have the answers right now. You’re not really supposed to.
I think the best we can do is to try out new things. Explore, mess up, have fun, and do it again. I know it can be scary, but what’s scarier is when you realize it’s too late to explore and you’re filled with regret instead of knowledge.
So, overall… no, I don’t think we have a life purpose, at the start. It’s our responsibility to take the small steps needed to build our purpose and to step into it.
We aren’t given a customized life manual at birth. Instead, we’re thrown into it and are expected to know what we’re doing every second of every day. But it’s not reality. Instead, I like to look at this as an opportunity, so we can build life the way we want it to look like.
It’s going to take one baby step after the other and some patience, but that’s going to make it oh-so worth it. I’m on the same journey as you are — building my own staircase to my vision.
We’re in this together, you and I.
Can’t wait to see you at the top.