If we could poll the world asking people the purpose of life we'd probably get a variety of answers and several blanks stares. The “purpose of life” question has been around for ages and has never really been answered because there’s no simple way to answer it. The answer to this question is different for every person. We all have some reason we were created, some void we were born to fill that no one else can fill because it was tailor-made for each of us. There is no one in the world exactly like you, no one shares all the same traits and experiences nor has gained the same knowledge and wisdom as you. Your uniqueness has provided you with insight that can easily be overlooked when you compare yourself to others. Measuring yourself up against someone else’s life makes you feel unfulfilled and unhappy as you long for something they have that you lack. This is becoming so common that the powers that be have given it a name: FOMO (fear of missing out). FOMO causes anxiety from looking at the lives of others, mostly on social media, and feeling that your life is not as fun and exciting as everyone else’s. As a result you overlook your own successes and remain discontent. It is not until you recognize and become satisfied with your own purpose that you can conquer such thoughts.
So, how can you actually recognize your own purpose? This is one of those things that is so simple it has become difficult. Your purpose lies in your everyday life, something that you do that goes unnoticed because you really don’t think it’s that important. Think for a minute. What is it that everyone knows you do very well? Not something you are good at but something you have mastered. Why do people come to you for help? Are you the giver of sound advice or the researcher that can find a discount for anything? What is something you could do without much thought and actually enjoy it? Take a few minutes to think about it…
Did you get it? No? Wait…THAT’S IT! That, yes, THAT, the thing you just thought about but disregarded as unimportant. THAT is your purpose. Now that you recognize it, cultivate it. Master it. Learn what you need to learn to make it better and put it to work for the good of the world.
Romaine A. Wright