Is there anyone who hasn’t wondered at some point why they’re here? Surely there is more to our existence than eating, sleeping, procreating, scratching out a living, and then dying.
Torrie at APromptReply tagged me in a challenge to write about the purpose of my life – at least, as I saw it. She had written a thoughtful essay on how our actions and words have repercussions – big and small – and how we influence and impact others by what we do or don’t do. I too subscribe to this view of life and wrote about it once in one of my very first blog posts.
It seems to me we are constantly bombarded by messages to ‘follow our passion’ and to ‘live our true life’ … whatever that is. The problem is, I’ve never known. My favourite expression up to a few years ago was to say ‘I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up’.
As I’ve searched for the meaning of my life, I’ve dabbled in a broad range of interests and activities trying to find the one that would ignite my ‘passion’ and point me to my “true purpose”. I’ve stretched myself intellectually, musically, athletically, spiritually … but nothing has ‘stuck’. I often felt like a cork bobbing aimlessly on turbulent waters. I even considered that maybe I was broken.
One thing I knew for sure was that I hoped my life wasn’t going to boil down to one very large mistake which would be my ultimate legacy.
Then one day a few years ago I had an *AHA* moment. We are typically focused on trying to identify “what” our purpose is and perhaps the answer was hidden in “how” we approached life.
Perhaps we should determine whether we are the optimist or the pessimist, the helper or the leader, the nurturer, the trailblazer … I think you get the point. Perhaps it isn’t “what” we did that defined our purpose, but “how” we did it.
This moment of ‘enlightenment’ caused me to re-evaluate my life so far. I realized that perhaps I had been living my purpose all along and that I was a Seeker.
My life has been characterized by constantly looking for something new – something different – to learn, to experience, to understand. Never content with the status quo, craving change, always curious. Always searching.
I admit I was one of those people who used to think of a life purpose solely in terms of a career calling. Now I realize we do ourselves an injustice when we think so narrowly.
I applaud those who know clearly their life purpose and follow that path with excitement. For the rest of us, it seems the answer might be significantly more subtle.
I am Seeker. What about you?