So many of us are looking outside of ourselves, in search of purpose. We hear about this growing desire people have to do more than “just work a job"
“The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.
– Mark Twain
This concept makes a lot of sense, given that we’re living in a space and time where we are constantly informed and so aware of what’s going on around us. When I’m on social media, I often feel as though I leave my world and enter another. I feel closer to the impact of things going on around me, and this feeling has compelled me to do more than just run a business.
I guess that’s something cool about social media. We get such a visual perspective of a world that isn’t in our immediate view, and it pushes us to see ourselves in relation to the bigger picture.
It encourages us to take responsibility for the decisions we make, and to find meaning in what we choose to be a part of. It’s led me to ask some pretty intense questions, like, what’s my purpose? I think this is a question that many of us are weighed down by, because at first sight, it’s a heavy ask.
Questions of this nature also come with an internal pressure - it’s like a part of us really does believe we should have all the answers almost instantly. But if you’re asking this question, you’re likely further ahead in the game than you think.It also means there’s no turning back.
There’s a learning curve that will bring you to a point of realization where it becomes strikingly clear that you can’t really think your way into finding purpose. You have to do it.
Often, the only thing standing in our way is ourselves, and doing helps with that.In fact, I’d say that action is really the only thing that’s going to help you get out of your way, because the more you act, the clearer things will become. So instead of referring to that never-ending list of “what ifs”, instead of asking, will it work out? should I even try? what if this isn’t for me? what if this isn’t fruitful, is it worth it? where do I start?
Start. Take the steps, even if that means taking a few steps back in order to figure out what takes up the most space in your head, the most time in your real life – in order get a better view of what makes you happy. It’s hard not to automatically assume that the answers are out there, but I always recommend looking within. You’ll be surprised to find that you’re likely far better equipped with the tools needed to move forward than you would have thought. You’ll find yourself wondering how you didn’t ask these important questions earlier, and it may even be hard to imagine how things might turn out if you aren’t compelled to find the answers by looking inward.