In talking about purpose one way of explaining it is knowing your “why.” Why do you do the things you do? What’s your reason for getting up in the morning? What do you get up on your soapbox about? What makes you mad? Why do you make the choices you do when you buy stuff? What do you want to be resolved or fixed most in the world? These are just a few of the questions you can consider when thinking about what your purpose and why in life are.
Our purpose is not just about how we can make a difference in the world, although that is a big part of it. Our purpose is about feeling alive, having a reason to live and feeling that we have value and belong in the world. That’s all stuff that matters most to us, not to others. If you don’t feel a passion for life or a reason to live it will be much harder to fulfill your purpose.
If you don’t feel happy and fulfilled in your life take time this week to get in touch with yourself. Remember your why or discover a new one. Talk with someone about how you can get more involved in a cause that you’re passionate about. Do one small thing each day to contribute in a positive way to some part of the world. Do things that matter to you, not just things that you have to do.
“The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.” Fyodor Dostoyevsky