February 12, 2015 (original post here)
In the past I had never really put much thought to having a purpose in life. I mean, in church I was told that everyone here has some type of purpose and in life the journey that we take is to find out what our purpose is and then share it with others. I never really put much thought to it because, for some reason, I always expected it to just come to me one day. You know, kind of like a good idea always hits you when you least expect it.
I kind of been thinking about what I want my purpose to be, especially since I’ve been thinking a lot about my future and my career path. The more I think about what would make me happy, in terms of a career, I figured I should think what my purpose is. Sure, I have a goal(s) in life, but I don’t know if it would actually give me a sense of purpose. I want to be able to feel like I’m contributing something. It’s kind of difficult for me to put it into words. Like, I have the goals that I want to accomplish, but I feel like if I know what my purpose is in life, then I would feel like I had more direction. Almost like having Siri telling me the direction I need to go; my goal is my destination and my purpose is the road I take to get there. Does that even make sense?
I know that all I ever wanted to do was to help people. That’s mainly why I wanted to become a teacher when I was really young, but I never thought I would be able to make enough money to really support myself or anyone else. As a business major, I learned that I could help others by starting a business and donating the profits to a charity. I learned that there are many ways that I can help others out there, I just need to be open to ideas and opportunities. However, I wonder if I would feel like I’ve achieved my purpose.
It would be nice if there was some type of an online quiz I could take and it would automatically pop-up what my purpose in life is. Maybe I’m just here to be just another person who blends into the crowd. Maybe I’m just here to be a carbon-copy of all the wannabe bloggers out there. Right now, I think that my mini-purpose is to help someone out there and make them feel like they’re not alone. It sucks to feel like you’re the only one going through a certain problem or situation, and sometimes you really don’t want to talk about it to anybody else. That’s why I love social networking. You can connect to someone and find the support you’re seeking from a complete stranger, but in that moment, you found someone who you can relate to and you know that you’re not the only one.
If I’m able to help or encourage one person, out of the very small number of people that come to my blog, then that’s enough for me. It makes me feel like I’ve added some type of good/light into this world that could otherwise be negative and dark. I think if I can somehow turn that into something bigger, then I will have found my purpose.