Does being a recent graduate make you feel lost between hordes of possibilities? As young minds, full of energy, it is typical to have unresolved queries like “What’s the best career path for me?”, “Should I choose a job that pays well or the one I am passionate about?”, “What is my real purpose in life?” These are difficult questions one must answer before stepping into the career rat race.
Heaps of graduates get caught up in a job where their sole aim is to merely survive. Disillusioned with the fear of losing and monetary crunch, they fail to commit to it with real fervour and put their best foot forward. Interestingly, though there are few in their 40’s you’d meet who’d have an idea about their purpose of life.
Oprah Winfrey precisely insinuated, “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.”
You may often wonder, “How can I seek my true purpose? That, which ignites passion for life? The very basis of our existence?” Can a random web search resolve such a turmoil?
Introspection, self- awareness, and clarity are the key to call out diamonds from stone. Because in life, we want to be more zestful, we want to be waking up in the morning with excitement and chasing our dreams! However, it is sad that we lose such zeal as we grow up. The social pressures of adolescence and professional pressures of young adulthood squeeze out the passion in us. We’re taught that the only reason to do something would be if we’re somehow rewarded for it.
To know something is to seek it. Discovering what we are passionate about in our life is a trial-and-error process. It is the art of introspection: diving in deeper. Your passion could be organizing things efficiently, or relishing in fantasy indulges, or simply teaching. However, more than the activity, it is very necessary that you look at its objective!
If there were no websites, no video games, no TV, it is most likely that you would be out of the house all day and every day until it’s time to go to bed — what would you do in such a case? Sign up for a dance class? Invent a coding system that can save thousands of rural children’s life? What would you like to do with such a leeway of time? Write down a few answers and there you have it, go out and do them!
We are often scared of the fact that we are constantly being watched, evaluated, and judged based on our actions. So, we avoid bringing our purpose in our workplace. “What if I am the only one trying to bring about a change? What will my colleagues think?” Always remember, your purpose is not yours alone. Many might be sharing the same envisage as you. Exploring your ideas outside of work, therefore, is important. It could be philanthropy, a music band, a travelling group – whatever it is that perks your interests. And, you would realize that there are other people in other companies sharing the exact passion as yours!
To find one’s “purpose” in life is to find things bigger than you and those around you. And to find them, get off your couch and act. Take the time to think beyond yourself, to think greater than yourself, and paradoxically, to imagine a world without yourself.
DO YOU KNOW YOUR PURPOSE IN LIFE?