Discovering your purpose in this world can be a journey that takes an entire lifetime to achieve. But there is a way to start discovering what your purpose in life is, so that you can live a happy life now living a fulfilling life serving something that brings you great joy.
I thought I knew what I was meant to do. A few years into my professional career, I started to get an itch that I was meant to do something else. I had always loved kids: as a child myself I often babysat for the neighborhood kids, I taught dance to kids during high school, and I just couldn’t stop myself from saying “how cute are youuuu” to an adorable baby! So, I did what any rational young twenty-something does. I called my mom and dad, informed them that I was going to apply for a job outside of my Economics & Business background, and calmly waited as they told me I was crazy but if I wanted to apply, to go for it.
That’s how I found myself spending a morning interviewing at a local kids gym. I arrived promptly at 8:30am, and and spent the next 30 minutes getting briefed on the 2 year old class I would be helping with while I was observed as part of the interview. I interacted with the 2 year olds, helped them to the bathroom, colored, painted, drove toy trucks on the carpet. After what seemed like three lifetimes, the woman I was interviewing with said it was time for the gym part of the day. “Sorry,” I told her, “I’m only supposed to be here until 11am. That was the arrangement, right?”
“It’s 10am.” She replied. And in that very moment, I knew. I may love kids. I may be super obsessed with cute babies on the subway and dying to have little ones of my very own, but I knew that my purpose was NOT teaching children.
I finished out the gym portion of the interview, reading stories and helping little ones tumble and walk on the balance beam. And of course, the company loved me and offered me a full time position, which I immediately and politely declined. But you know what is the funniest part? I felt really great! I had gone after something that I thought was my purpose, the thing that would bring me greater joy every day. I was recharged and re-energized and determined to find my purpose in each and every day!
So this brings me to how I got started discovering my purpose. I started thinking about:
What brought me happiness and joy as a child?
When left to entertain myself, what activities did I gravitate towards?
What fond memories did I have of being a child myself?
Children have a real sense of themselves. They don’t often do things they don’t like to do. They aren’t afraid to tell you that grapes are “icky” and that they absolutely despise the color green. They will not wear sweaters that are itchy, or pants that are too tight just because they are “cute and fashionable.”
So maybe reverting to ourselves as a child is the key to unlocking our greater purpose. What things did you do as a child that you no longer have time to do as an adult?
For me, I loved reading and writing, arts and crafts, and creating elaborate imaginative storylines in my mind.
So after 29 years of living my life I finally realized what I needed to do to start fulfilling my purpose.
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Starting a blog has given me a much needed creative outlet. My day job also stems from my childhood interest of loving math, logic, problem solving, and working with all things numbers (I work in Finance, surprise surprise!). I am also fortunate to work in a creative company, so I am constantly surrounded by creativity and inspirational ideas. But starting a blog has definitely tapped in many of my childhood interests I don’t get to utilize each and every day at work.
So give it a try and answer the above questions! You’ll definitely get some insight in to what your inner child loves and desires and hopefully gather some direction towards what your purpose is. You should try to incorporate your purpose into some aspect of your life, whether it be your full-time career, volunteering, a hobby, or a part-time side hustle. Anyway you can start living your purpose will be immensely fulfilling!
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What are some things you loved to do as a child? Do you incorporate them into things you do as an adult?
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