Alright, I was looking for a big title up there, trying to tempt you to to read this post. Did it work? Well, you’re here so it must have worked. However, I’m afraid I don’t have a clear answer for this BIG question “How to discover your life’s purpose”, let alone I definitely don’t know much about “What is the meaning of life”. Having said that, I’m confused just like most human beings, so I did what anyone else would have done… I Googled it. And this is what came up:
If, despite knowing that you have so much to be grateful for, deep inside there’s a feeling that something’s missing in your life — then you’re most likely not connected to the meaning of life. If you’re doing a lot of the things that society suggests are “right,” but you still feel that something is wrong — that’s probably a sign that you’re “off purpose.” When you’re Living On Purpose, you’re entirely fulfilled because you’re living a life engulfed in personal meaning.Reference: What is the purpose of life or meaning of life
Feels like it’s spot-on to me. I can definitely relate to that. Occasionally, I’m having these thoughts of not fulfilling my full potential, of not doing the things I really want to do every day. And I wonder, how do you figure out what is your purpose in this life? Let’s take a look at the next one, suggesting 7 ways to Live Life With a Purpose:
Although everyone is different, there are common threads that bind a life with purposeReference: 7 ways to live life with a purpose
- Live by your beliefs and values
- Set priorities
- Follow your passion
- Achieve balance
- Feel content
- Make a difference
- Live in the moment
I’m very proud of most of the things I have done so far in life, and I’m confident in the choices I have made, no regrets. However, there is still a feeling that something is missing. I’m a proud father, a good husband and partner, a professional who’s making a living in IT. I have chased my dreams around living in another country to where I was born and raised, fulfilled a long-time dream and traveled with my family across Australia for a year in our own caravan. Yes, I wish I could call myself a traveler with a young soul who keeps going and travels the world, but reality and family life is what I chose and somehow you gotta pay the bills. And here I am, surrounded by my choices and achievements, living a good life overall, raising children and appreciating what I’ve got. So why is there still a “But”?
I suppose we change over time, and once we fulfill one dream and celebrate our achievements there will be a time to move on and look ahead for the next big thing. And apparently I do have those mornings, days and weeks where I feel that my life goes by without “living life to its fullest”, that I’m not “making a difference”, I don’t “feel content” and this is definitely because I do not “follow my passion”.
So what is my real passion? or at least what is the passion I suspect I’ve been putting off for so long? this is exactly the thing I’m doing right now when I type these words on my black keyboard, hoping someone will one day read my notes and appreciate them. It’s the passion of WRITING. I’ve always loved writing, since my teen years. When I was 16 I discovered my potential at school, started writing for a local newspaper, wrote my own poems and short stories. Since then I tried to get back to it and give it another go but unfortunately I got distracted and made other choices to seek other priorities – traveling, studies, career, family, children, more studies, more work etc. etc. etc.
But now, after all these years, and I’ve only hit 40 not too long ago – so don’t feel too sorry for me – I realised what was it that put me off for so long. Whenever I aim to start writing my first novel or my first manuscript, I aim for the best, the absolute shocker, the one that has the ultimate killer punch that would make it a best-seller novel, an academy-award-winning movie, a world-best manuscript that will make headlines overnight. I suppose it is a good thing to ever aim high, but you got to be realistic after all, not all scripts would be the best, and most likely your first ones are not guaranteed. However, if this is the one thing I’ve been missing when referring to “Follow Your Passion”, then I know I have to give it a real go in order to “Live my Purpose”. How do I know that I have to give it a go? because this is the one dream I never managed to truly chase, and it doesn’t let go off me, it’s always there, keeps whispering to me that I have to go, like Moana had to “go beyond the reef”. Because whenever I watch a good movie or a TV series, I’m most interested to see who is the Writer and whether it is based on a novel. And when I see the writer’s name I get really and truly inspired (and desperately jealous!). I wanna be that person. This is exactly what I want to be. I wanna have my name out there as the author of something that made a difference, something that touched other people. Among all the other things I’ve done so far, it is time to find my next purpose in life. Buckle up, I’m heading off on a new journey.