“What is my purpose in life?”
Sometimes the answer is simple and obvious, but more often than not, it’s as obscure as the future may be. Many people will tout tales of magical pills or techniques to helping them, but the accuracy of these always depends on the individual.
Some of the best ways to find the answer though, involve looking within yourself. Try:
Meditating on what you like or what makes you happy can offer insight into what your purpose is, or at least what will fulfill you mentally and spiritually. Meditating not only helps us to relax, but also allows us private time during which we can look into ourselves to answer questions or solve problems.
2) Try new things.
If you feel that you’ve not found something yet that truly makes you feel at home or content, then try new things. When trying new things, you will undoubtedly find things that you don’t like, but just as, if not more often than, you will find things that make you truly happy. These will likely not be material things, but activities or hobbies that you never really thought about before. Every now and then people even find their calling. You’ll never know if you never try.
3) Check what you go back to.
Have you ever noticed that sometimes you keep getting drawn to something over and over no matter how often you try other things? Perhaps you always find yourself teaching others or cooking for your friend and family. There’s a good chance that you’ve already stumbled upon your true calling if you’ve had such an experience.
4) Take a step back.
It sounds silly, I know, but sometimes just taking a step back and taking inventory is what we really need to find our purpose. Between the daily grind and constant stress that many of us face trying to ‘make ends meet,’ the things that we truly love to do and be can get caught in the fold and hidden from our conscious mind. Slow down and smell the roses.
5) Think back on your childhood.
Was there something you loved doing as a kid but everyone always told you not to? Perhaps that wasn’t your situation, maybe you were just afraid to share your dreams with others? That’s ok. There’s always the here and now. Check out your old dreams without the obstacles of childhood. Perhaps you won’t be a dinosaur overlord, but a novelist or artist certainly isn’t out of the question!
6) Write, talk and brainstorm!
Writing things down tends to make them more concrete. It also helps us to better formulate ideas. Perhaps there’s something in the back of your head, an itch, that you’ve always wanted to do/scratch? Writing it down can make it seem less obscure. Writing is also a great way to organize and brainstorm ideas. Just think, someone had to sit down and write everything you read. All of those things started with just an idea! After you’ve written things down, it might help to talk to your loved ones about it. Or, if you’re not into sharing with people who can talk back, I find that cats and dogs (especially when sleeping) are excellent listeners! Seriously, though. Just voicing things out loud can give you clarity that you otherwise had to do without. Give it a try.
Perhaps this hasn’t told you what your purpose in life is, but we certainly hope it’s given you a place to start for finding out.