– The Importance of Having a Life Purpose and How to Find It –
We are all here for a reason. We were all born unique, an original. No one has ever come anywhere close to being you. And no one ever will. You have a unique soul, made up of your very own skills, ideas, and dreams. Somewhere within that soul of yours, there lays something altogether bigger; something that is awaiting your call. It is your life purpose.
In this article, I want to explore how you go about finding your purpose, and the importance of finding it.
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”
― Mark Twain
It doesn’t always come easy, finding your life purpose; it can take quite a journey. To some, it is a lot clearer than to others, but one thing we can be certain of – we all have one. The thing is, most of us do not know how or where to look for it, even though throughout our lives our life purpose constantly shows glimpses of itself to us.
The way to find your life purpose is to find all the elements from your past and to connect them. Your life purpose is a combination of several aspects and elements, and only by looking all the way back into your past, all the way to when you were a little kid, can you hope to find them.
Let me give you two examples from my own past to show you what one of these elements could look like. Afterwards, I’ll explain just how to find your life purpose from those elements you have recognized from your own past.
This is a story my mom used to tell me, which I vaguely remember. I was in school, about 6 years old and the teacher asked us “children what do you think would be something good to get taught in school?” I raised my hand and said “First aid skills, I think it would be handy to learn how to save someone’s life”. My teacher was very surprised to hear that from a 6-year-old and even told my parents. This was a clear glimpse, looking back, of one of the aspects of my purpose in life. This is an element – helping others.
Another element of mine is creativity. When I was young I was always drawing, writing, filming, building – I was always creating. And growing up, I kept on doing it, I kept on creating. That’s another element – creativity.
All of our elements are actually right in front of us, but you can only truly connect the dots of your life purpose by looking backward. Once you do, once you pick up one of your elements, you will start to see them appearing everywhere in your past life.
A life purpose is not just made up of one element but is the combination of all of those inside of you, usually between 2 and 4. I already told you 2 elements of my life purpose, let me tell you my last one to then show you how to find your own through the elements that make up yours.
The last very strong and clear element that appeared constantly throughout my life was adventure. As a small kid, I always ventured out into the forests, running, climbing, getting dirty. I was always going on little adventures, and growing up, I kept doing it, and now I travel around the world continuously.
These 3 elements: helping others, creativity and adventure, appear all the time throughout my life. By finding your own elements you will be able to find your very own life purpose, as it is made up of all of those elements individual to you and your life.
Ask your parents to tell you about what you were like when you were a little kid, or talk to someone else from your family or anyone who knew you when you were growing up. Let them help you remind you of who you are. Ask them what you used to do and loved doing all the time when you were a kid.
The way to truly being who you are, to being truly happy and feeling satisfied in life and the way to truly feeling you are living your life with purpose, is to do something where all those elements appear. You’ve got to find a job that has those elements in it.
For example, in my case, I am a travel and adventure photographer/writer. I go on adventures around the world, I take pictures where I can express my creativity and through my website – Inner Picture Stories, I share my wisdom, helping others. To many, connecting those elements together to find a suitable job could actually be the hardest part. But in today’s world, there is an endless ocean of possibilities and opportunities to find the perfect one for you, where they will all come together. You just have to look.
“The purpose of life is a life of purpose.’’
― Robert Byrne