One of the most difficult questions for us to answer in life is: What is my purpose and passion in life?
Have you ever just been going through life day in and day out, going through the routines, the motions – and then for some reason in one instant these thoughts pop into your mind: What have I done? What am I doing? What is my life’s purpose?
Then you just sit or lay there for a few minutes reflecting on your life: past, present, and future. I know that this happens to me quite often as I lay in bed at night. I wonder, contemplate, and reflect. Sometimes I wrestle with emotions, disappointments, fears, and more. The older I get, and as time becomes more and more valuable to me, I simply wonder how to find my passion in life.
If you’re having trouble finding your passion and life purpose, don’t fret. There may never be one definitive “purpose” for your life, but we all ought to be loving and serving each other. That is quite a big purpose right there.
I encourage you to take some time to pray and contemplate what your purpose is. Some are created to lead and some to follow. Some are created to invent life-saving medicines and some are to serve the homeless at a soup kitchen. Ask yourself what makes you happy. What drives you? If money were no object, what would you be pursuing? What do people tell you that you’re good at? What are your passions? Protecting the environment? Protecting your country? Teaching children? What do you want to be remembered for? What kind of legacy do you want to leave?
It is a good idea to keep a journal and write down your thoughts and reflections to find your passion in life. Perhaps you will notice a common theme that keeps recurring in your morning meditations. Also, take some time to read about others who are succeeding in life, doing what makes them happy and adds value to humanity.
Once you have some direction, write down your goals and action steps that you will take to achieve those goals. For example, if you decide that your life purpose is to use your athletic talent and motivational skills to coach youth, create a plan toward getting started. You could begin by being a volunteer coach and/or sending out resumes for coaching positions. If you want to spend your life feeding the poor, start a non-profit and begin with your mission.
Listen to what Richard Lieder wrote about purpose and passion:
“Purpose is the conscious choice of what, where, and how to make a positive contribution to our world. It is the theme, quality or passion we choose to center our lives around.”
Life purpose is about how we can make a positive contribution to our world; how we can add value to humanity. When you serve humanity, you will discover your life purpose. When you love, you serve. Each of us has something to offer, with love being the primary thing that everyone can offer to humanity.
If you wait for things to happen in your life, you may just be waiting a lifetime and end up disappointed wondering why you never did anything that made you feel fulfilled. Happiness and fulfillment comes from inside, from a power greater than yourself. So begin to look for your purpose from within. Learn the art of silence and solitude and look for opportunities daily to love and bless others. You can live out your purpose one day at a time: happy, joyous, and free.