The topic of “purpose” or “finding one’s purpose” came up in a recent conversation. When asked, “What is your purpose and what would you be doing if money was not important” hesitantly, my mind went into overdrive trying to conjure some philosophical response to convince myself that I wasn’t like others employed; yet, not knowing or exercising “my purpose”.
Unfortunately, because of the capitalistic society in which we live, "money is important" but that importance is not the same for everyone. Many, "found their purpose" after years of searching and "experimenting with life". It’s not unheard of to see individuals transition from there is a magic number that says, by the time a person reaches a certain age, he/she should distinctly know their career path and be working to achieve such through a college education or being gainfully employed. During the not so distant past it was likely that a person would start working straight out of high school, perfectly content with staying in that same position until reaching retirement age. Since then, things have changed. Over the course of a lifetime a person may find him/herself having dabbled in numerous jobs or sought multiple degrees in pursuit of that elusive euphoria associated with “walking in one’s purpose”.
Purpose is defined as, "the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists". I believe that by being born we are in "our purpose" what we do with our lives after that is based on culture, values, likes/dislikes and ultimately, our ability to shift through mountains of self-doubt. Knock down walls of negativism and “walk on our purpose” rather than spending our lifetime seeking what is already there.