I have had many discussions over the years where people ask me how did I know what my purpose was, where did this come from, and how with I know what mine is?
Its actually difficult to explain as I am not sure how it occurred, I just knew what I was supposed to do and this has continued at different stages of my life. Maybe I am just lucky, or maybe I listed to what my internal direction is telling me. One thing I do know is your purpose changes at time your life takes on a new direction. We go through many stages in life and depending on what that is for you at the time your purpose many change.
In my late teens I knew I was supposed to be a Mum, I knew I was going to have children and I had this vision of the family, the home and the way in which that would evolve over the years. (not always what I got but it was reasonably close)
In my late 20's and early thirties I knew that things were changing and also divorce occurred and life took a different path. Mother hood and always trying to do my best was a priority. I was always a passionate mother and did the best I knew how as a Mother and Wife. It was 2003 in a time of real hardship that I then discovered my passion for learning and sharing knowledge. Now in my late forties I have had a decade + of being passionate about shared knowledge and opportunity to learn.
I already have a passion for teaching and this will take a different form over the next few years. But my Purpose is still strong and the vision of the purpose is crystal clear to me. At times I have doubt I can pull it off but for the most part 90% I am clear and driven.
What is Purpose?
noun: purpose; plural noun: purposes
- 1.the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.
- 2.a person's sense of resolve or determination.
"there was a new sense of purpose in her step as she set off"
In some cases we need to identify what we are passionate about first to be able to find our purpose. If you think about the meaning for a moment the REASON or a sense of RESOLVE, mostly reason and resolve have a great deal of energy behind them, something that lights a spark inside you. We can look at our life and see that we have strong values about things such as family, fighting a cause or being an innovator in something that needs solving.
What is Passion?
noun: passion; plural noun: passions; noun: Passion; noun: the Passion
strong and barely controllable emotion.
"a man of impetuous passion" (Or woman, I added this bit)
Passion to me is about truly believing in what you do and doing it to the best of your ability even when you don't feel like it. I have a number of things in my life I am truly passionate about such as family, business, supporting those that I can when I can, writing.
Take the time and think about what lights you up inside, what do you feel strongly about and how can you turn this into something you love. Some of the things that I like fill me with a sense of joy and also doubt, but that doesn't mean I shouldn't do it it means I should do it more.
Always remember that life is a journey not a destination and we are here to enjoy the moments that give us meaning and create meaning by leaving a legacy for those to follow.
Till next time, live passionately, laugh loud and enjoy the journey.
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