What’s My Purpose?

What’s my purpose?

Lately I’ve had a lot of people reach out to me for guidance in finding their purpose, their joy, their calling. Truth be told, I’ve been thinking about purpose and legacy a lot these last few years. I don’t have the answers, I don’t think anyone does. But we all have it within ourselves to figure it out for ourselves and guide others.

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I believe that everyone has a purpose, a reason that they are here, a means to leave an impact on this earth, however small it may seem. Now, I don’t believe that your purpose necessarily needs to come from your career – yes, some people like myself have found ways to channel their purpose into a career, but I do think that a lot of the angst in today’s society comes from the never ending hunt for that career that will fill up your cup, so to speak, and that might not be what does it for you. It may be raising your family, maybe you have a talent for baking, maybe dancing, whatever it is that makes you so overjoyed, it doesn’t necessarily have to be tied to financial gain.

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I don’t know what your purpose is. But I do know this: life sometimes whispers your purpose to you. You may feel a gentle nudge to try something new or take a risk: starting a business, going back to school, helping someone in need, whatever it is, that voice is there. And listening to those soft whispers will lead you down a path that will help you uncover what that purpose is, eventually. And trust me, those whispers, if left ignored, will get louder and louder until you just can’t help but listen to them. So don’t fret if you’re not where you want to be. We’re all works in progress. The sooner you give yourself permission to not necessarily be where you want to be, and seek joy and pleasure along the way, the easier (and more joyful) this journey will be.
As I said, I don’t have the answers, but if any of you are wanting it, I’d love to talk more about topics surrounding purpose, identity, and legacy. So let me know if this is a thing you’d like me to do and I’ll make it happen!