So recently I found myself existing. I’m sure most of you think that doesn’t sound too bad and it sure beats the alternative. I was giving of myself (or so I thought) to everything…work, friends, family, and not getting filled in any way. I had no purpose, no drive. I simply was. I had a vision for my life and this wasn’t it.
I think we all have that innate desire…to have purpose. To be fulfilled. And that doesn’t mean fortune and fame. Rarely does it mean that. It means to live your life so it matters.
A lot of people will tell you to live your passion. That sounds great on the surface but what does that really mean? Sometimes your passion is to sing…and you love every moment in your car or the shower, belting out the words to your favorite song and it energizes you and makes you happy and you feel it so very passionately with every chorus. But the trouble is that no matter how many voice lessons you take you wouldn’t even make it through the tryouts of The Voice.
Find a way to make money doing what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life! I know we’ve all heard that before. But what if you suck at what you love? What if you try to turn what you love into a money maker but it doesn’t happen. Then what? Now what you love is work. And how long will you continue to love doing it?
I think if we strive to find our purpose in a paycheck we will never be happy. We will never have enough. If you are lucky enough to make money doing what you love then that is a huge blessing. But we can’t be so focused on money=happiness that we forget to be happy when money DOESN’T = happiness. And no, I’m not saying you’ll be happier being poor, but I do think there’s something to be said for simplicity.
Maybe sometimes our passion and what fulfills us doesn’t have a paycheck attached. Maybe instead it has a price tag. Maybe it’s something YOU will pay. Maybe it’s volunteering. Maybe it’s giving of yourself to a friend in need. Maybe it’s listening and giving advice and loving someone through a hard time. Maybe it’s letting go of what you know and taking a chance at something new.
We too often make life about stuff instead of making it about each other.
I know my purpose and I’m on a journey to find my place.
As always, be kind to one another. You never know what someone is going through.