This is a question I’ve asked myself many times, for many years. I remember laying in bed as a child, wondering: “Do I have a purpose here on earth? Or am I just the product of an ongoing biological process, going with the flow of things?” Many would say that God has a definite plan for us. While I believe this to be somewhat true, I believe we have much more input and control of our destiny than we realize.
My earliest known purpose was to be an artist. It’s the one thing I’ve loved doing – creating unique pieces of art – which everyone said was my purpose. As an adult, I had many jobs that I didn’t like. I was told that if I get a stable job with benefits, I should hang onto it for dear life! My Dad would preach: “Nowadays, companies don’t look after their employees like in my day.” This notion scared me, and I knew I would potentially have to be my own boss one day. I’ve discovered that I don’t want spend this precious gift of life working towards someone else’s dreams.
I believe our purpose here can only be understood once we have considered what we value most in life. Is it family? Or perhaps your career? Or is it merely accumulating cold, hard cash? What we cherish most in our heart is how we determine our purpose. One thing I have learned is that you cannot let others determine your destiny; this is a huge injustice to your one and only physical life.
One thing that has always baffled me was why so many people have a job that they hate. They will say, “Well it’s a job!”, or “It pays the bills.” Although I would gladly high-five anyone who gets out there and holds a job – this is not fair to you! You’re literally going to spend half of your life working; do you want to be unhappy for half of your time here on earth??
I feel we will know when we’ve reached our purpose in life because we will feel complete bliss and a sense of fulfillment. Do you hate your job? Do you feel like a hampster that can’t get off the stupid, spinny-wheel thingy? Do you worry that you’re running outta’ life and you know you haven’t accomplished much? Do you want to know what your purpose is??? Then pick it! That’s right. Pick what you want to do! Assess your skills (be honest and know your limitations!), set your goals, plan a plan, and go for it! We only have one physical life to live (that I know about!?), so get out and do your thing. Don’t go looking for your purpose, because it’s right there within you – and deep down, you know it!