For some people, a sense of purpose seems to come naturally – they’ve found their raison d’être through their career, children, or another pursuit they couldn’t imagine life without. For many others though, purpose feels elusive. It’s a question that can arise at different points in life, regardless of job satisfaction, relationship status, or how financially secure you are.
It’s a question that is difficult to satisfy for a person, because expectation of what purpose is varies between individuals. I find that having a sense of purpose is also a state of mind. But, whether you’re concerned with occupying your time in a way that feels motivating and meaningful, or you want a spiritual sense of purpose that explains the reason behind your experiences – I’ll offer my perspective on both.
You Create Purpose, You Don’t find it
Purpose is something you have to actively create yourself – and then it appears. Until then, it’ll be a vague idea, a misplaced feeling, something that always seems to exist in the future. No one, not even an Astrologer, psychic, or mystic can tell you your purpose – you have to build it yourself.
I chose to stick to Astrology, and it’s only through my commitment and effort that it fills me with a sense of purpose. If we define it by inspired actions that give us a feeling of meaning, then it meets that criteria.
However, the purpose of the other parts of my life is never lost on me. I see how the mundane, drudgerous, or painful experiences are ultimately serving me beyond the scope of this moment. Pain and loneliness turn into compassion, and mistakes or pitfalls into wisdom and perspective. My vocation may give me a feeling of purpose, but the arena where I grow and learn the most is from bonds or conflicts with other people, internal struggles, love, health issues, and simply navigating the experience of human life. Your experience of life and how the world is reflected through your eyes is a completely unique and irreplicable facet of creation. Only you can share that.
Purpose is Personal Refinement
Just like we can make sense of how events 20 years ago served a purpose in developing certain qualities or pointing us in a direction, the purpose of the soul’s experience becomes apparent when we gain a broader perspective. Each moment is full of purpose, but even that purpose is transient. Purpose is the ever-growing, ever-evolving, ever-changing qualities of you. It is the process of becoming.
The one seeking purpose usually thinks it’s supposed to look like something grand. That mindset will prevent you from seeing the value behind all your experiences. It doesn’t have to look like someone else’s, and it doesn’t have to live up to a criteria or have a certain number of “likes,” followers, or titles under your name.
A life has purpose as long as we value serving others and causes greater than just ourselves. A life of meaning is a commitment to growth and personal greatness, whatever that looks like for you.
In a few words, purpose to me is:
- Created, not found
- Utilizes your innate nature and talents
- Serves others
- Growing into your own greatness
- And mostly, woven into something much vaster than what we are currently capable of understanding.
Thanks for reading, I hope you feel more…purposeful.