At some point you should ask yourself whether what you want to do in life is for your own self-gratification or for the greater good. Hopefully, it’s the latter.
When you talk to people about their purpose, oftentimes folks give you grandiose answers. They either want to “change the world” or “change society or “cure” something. Most folk never want to perform the simple acts of purpose: kindness, mercy, community, etc.
We often are told that we do not matter unless our impact is macro-level. We must do something that everyone can see, not just a small fraction of the world. So much so, that people look at those doing big things and often think that their dreams don’t matter.
We all know that is a lie.
Trying to find out your purpose is different than discovering what you want to do in life. Oftentimes, the true parallel is with the person you want to become and your purpose. Because if you aren’t committed to becoming the better person you know you can be, your purpose will be empty. It will ultimately mean nothing. And who you are influences your purpose in life.
20-year-old Ciara thought she knew what she wanted to do. She was wrong. 25-year-old Ciara had a plan to take over the world. That got sidetracked. 30-year-old Ciara just want to make an impact on one person. Things are aligning themselves in order to make that happen.
I can display my purpose whenever and to whomever. I don’t need to be in a special place to do so. As I still seek out exactly what my purpose is, I realize that I am not constrained by time or place. There’s no ticking time bomb on purpose.
I just want to live right in the world, that’s all. And my purpose fits into that. How it manifests itself is still at bloom.
So don’t sweat these things, they’ll come. Even when society is telling you to always live with purpose, find out who you are so that your purpose drives you to be better.
And just live.
This is part of my attempt to write every day in July. You can follow the series here.