The seemingly never ending quest to understand the meaning and purpose of life is as old as time itself. It is deep, profound and can often be quite overwhelming if you don't know where to start. While we may never find a definitive answer, diving into the concept of life's’ purpose can offer valuable insights and guide us on our journey through existence.
There are 3 parts to this blog that we will cover:
Defining Life Purpose
Finding your own Purpose
Journal prompts in helping you discover your Purpose
Throughout history, philosophers from all walks of life have pondered this profound question. Here in this blog post, I am going to break it down for you by simply defining what your life purpose can be and how to go about finding it. The journey is far more nuanced and intricate than what is mentioned here, however this is a good place to start if you are just at the beginning of your exploration.
The idea is that it is entirely personal to you, you are the creator in your own life; remember that life is happening for you and not to you. There is no right or wrong answer. This is a powerful place to start, by taking the reins and being more conscious of the decisions you make to create more passion and purpose in your life!
Defining Life’s Purpose
Life's purpose can vary from person to person as it is deeply rooted in your own individual beliefs, values and experiences. Everyone has a very different idea of what their purpose can look like for them. However here are some common themes to get you started and different perspectives that can help shed light on this elusive concept.
Self-Realisation and Fulfilment
One perspective is that life’s purpose is about self- realisation and personal fulfilment. Its the idea that you each have unique talents, passions, and potential waiting to be discovered and developed. By striving to reach your full potential and finding joy and satisfaction in doing so, you can find purpose in life.
Connection and Relationships
Another idea is that the purpose of life lies in our connections with others. By building these meaningful relationships, nurturing your connection with family and friends, and contributing in a positive way to society can bring you a profound sense of purpose. Many people have found meaning in helping and supporting others, fostering a sense of belonging through volunteering in their local communities and finding their tribe.
Spiritual and philosophical perspectives
For a lot of us, our life’s purpose is deeply intertwined with spirituality. Other religions and belief systems offer interpretations of life’s purpose, often emphasising the pursuit of spiritual growth, enlightenment, or a connection with a higher power, source, the Universe, God, whatever you prefer to call it. The belief in spirituality provides a sense of connection and oneness to and of each other. It is the idea that something greater than us is at play, and there is more to life than the fleeting years we have on this planet.
Contribution and Impact
Many people find purpose by making a positive impact on the world. This can be through their work, volunteer efforts, or creative endeavours. Knowing that your actions have a meaningful influence on others or society at large can be a driving force in life.
Finding Your Own Purpose
Discovering your life’s purpose is a personal and ongoing journey. Here are 5 steps to help you navigate through this exploration:
Take time to reflect on your values, passions, strengths and what truly matters to you. What activities make you feel most alive? What causes or issues are you most passionate about?
Explore your interests
Try new experiences, explore different hobbies, and seek opportunities that align with your interests. Sometimes purpose is discovered through experimentation. You won’t know if you never try!
Set meaningful goals
Set goals that are aligned with your values and passions. Having a clear direction can provide a sense of purpose and motivation
Nurture your relationships with loved ones and seek opportunities to connect with others who share your interests and values
Consider ways to make a positive impact on your community or the world at large. Volunteering, mentoring or contributing to causes you believe in can be fulfilling as you are connecting to your local community and giving back to those who may need extra support.
Journal Prompts in helping you find your Purpose:
In order to give yourself more clarity in what your purpose is and what you are looking for to find more meaning in your life, reflect on these journal prompts to discover what you truly enjoy doing, what lights you up and what gives you meaning and purpose. Then go and do these things!
What would you do with your life if money was no issue?
What do you enjoy doing so much that you lose track of time?
What topics are you passionate about and could talk for hours to your friends?
Whose life do you envy/admire and why?
What would you do with your life if you were guaranteed success?
What topics or hobbies or activities light you up, and makes you come alive?
What do you often daydream about?
What skills and talents come naturally to you?
Ask your close friends and family what they think your strengths and talents are, this is a good exercise to see a different perspective if you are struggling to find your own strengths alone.
What is common in the type of compliments you get? For example, people could say that you are really good at communication, or working with children, or an excellent listener. How can you find purpose in your strengths?
What hobbies did you enjoy when you were younger? Can you turn this into a career, or continue doing this as an adult for enjoyment?
What are your goals that you would like to achieve in life?
What am I most proud of in my life?
What do I want to change about myself?
What scares me the most in life and how can I confront this fear?
What would my ideal day look like?
What kind of lifestyle do I want to live?
What impact, if any do I want to make on the world?
What have I learned from my past mistakes and how can I turn this into a positive situation?
What are my values and beliefs?
What do I truly care about?
What makes me feel happy and how can I cultivate more of this?
The meaning of life’s purpose is such a deeply personal question and while there may not be a one size fits all answer, exploring your values, passions and connections can help you uncover your own sense of purpose. Whether its through self- realisation, relationships, spirituality, or making a positive impact, finding purpose in life can be a beautifully transformative and fulfilling journey. The search for meaning is a fundamental part of the human experience, and its a journey absolutely worth embarking upon!
Above all, it’s all about enjoying the process whilst you are discovering these talents and passions within you. One thing I know is that life is not meant to be this serious so have fun with exploring your passions and purpose, you never know where it may lead you…