So, we have had a whole host of celebrated and inspirational guest bloggers this week giving their pearls of wisdom on how to find your life purpose. Thank you to everyone who contributed – we feel very lucky to have you! : )
For me, being admittedly nowhere near anything like a spiritual path of enlightenment, I thought it was really important to talk about this subject from the perspective of a complete beginner, too.
I feel like I have something to say on the subject of life purpose – mostly because I have spent a long time not knowing what the eff! is mine, or whether such a thing even exists. While I love the idea of a pre-destined path in a romantic, Serendipity (the movie) kind of way, practically speaking that just isn’t what life purpose means for me.
I see life purpose simply as finding something that you will look back on and think – I am glad that is how I chose to live my life.
It was actually about this time last year, that I hit the ‘turns 26 mid-life crisis’, and started really asking myself, what is it I am passionate about? What do I really love doing? What do I want to do with my life?
I felt pretty purposeless. I would even go as far as saying I didn’t have any hobbies or interests that stood out. I just wanted a passion to pursue.
Back then, I would never have thought that I’d now have an app on the way, aiming to transform the way we look after our mental wellness – a massive passion point for me.
So, in the case that I can help anyone to do the same – I’ve been thinking about how I got from purposeless to purposeful so quickly.
Despite my aforementioned lack of spiritual know-how – somehow, I took myself on a very similar, everyman’s version of the journey described by our fantastic guest blogger, Stephanie Komen.
I tried to understand myself a bit better and thought about what it is that makes me tick. Like Stephanie advises, I went through past experiences, jobs, interests – sifting through all the things that make up me. Nothing seemed to stick out at first.
The lightbulb moment was a lecture I attended, led by a friend of mine, where he spoke about mindfulness. I had attended because I wanted to find some new interests and to learn more, and because I felt a bit stuck. I found the day so interesting that it was like a light switched on over some darker days. I realised that I have always been very interested in people, and specifically, in the psychology behind what makes people happy. I have always been drawn to new friends who were struggling with something emotionally, with an urge to help them get back on track. I had just never thought of that as an actual interest or hobby or even a character trait – but it is! Learning about these mindful practices – these life hacks that really do seem to work for so many – I realised I wanted to bring these tips to the masses.
As soon as I realised this, I went into full geek mode – it probably looked a lot like Stephanie’s step 3 – working out what it was I could achieve in this space. I won’t bore you with the details – but all I can say is working on Pocket Guru is already, by a long way, the most fulfilling thing I have done to date. Who knows, but I might be working on my contribution to the world. If that isn’t life purpose, then I am not sure what is!
If I can take any learnings from the past year and pass them on to you – they would be:
Look for your purpose, on purpose! And don’t settle.
Try not to let it get you down if you haven’t yet found it – you will.
It might be something completely unexpected – look past the traditional hobbies, interests and career paths to what specifically makes you.
I hope you find yours soon. x