Learn from Your Passions
“Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it”
Have you ever thought about what your purpose in life is? Or do you already know what it is and are living it at this moment? Are you lost in life trying to figure it all out?
Been there, done that. And I still feel lost plenty of the time. That’s normal for everyone.
But it got the point for me where I was continually asking myself, “Is this all there is?” “Is this what life is about?” I decided NO. This isn’t all there is, and life isn’t about begin miserable and stuck.
The truth is, a lot of people have no idea what their purpose is or what that even looks like. Many are blindly trying to find meaning in their lives. And most do not get to that point where they have found what they are looking for and are living it at the same time. Many don’t even bother trying to find what gives them meaning. How sad is that?
If we are being honest, there is no inherent purpose that we are born to fulfill. We are not born with a distinct goal we must complete. It is not until later in life we realize we need to find it. And by then, it is often too late.
It is important to find your purpose because a lot of us are unfulfilled. We are unhappy, going through the same day-to-day motions like robots.
According to a Harris Poll conducted in 2017, only 33% of Americans consider themselves to be happy and close to 40% of Americans said they rarely engage in hobbies and pastimes they enjoy. From the same article, it states “slightly more than half said they were frustrated with their career. Many of us don’t know our purpose.
But it’s important for us to take the time to figure it out.
Purpose versus Passion
If we look up the definition of purpose, it is the reason for which something exists or is done, made or used. It is also defined as an intended or desired result; end; aim; goal.
Have you thought about the reason you exist? Do you exist to take care of others, to make the world a better place? Or something else? Is there a desired goal or result you are trying to achieve?
Passion is defined as any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling, such as love or hate. Also, it is a strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything.
What are your passions? What do you love to do? Is there something you have a strong desire for?
Purpose is the WHY. Passion is the WHAT.
Passion is what helps you find your purpose.
The process of finding the WHY
Each person is solely responsible for finding both their passions and purpose. No one else can find it or define it for you. No one can lead you there except YOU. You are responsible for following your own path and defining yourself as an individual. You are nothing but your own project to work on, to improve.
And, you are the only person who can find your passion, purpose or meaning.
It is not something you can force either. You cannot force yourself to turn woodworking into a passion if you hate to build things. But woodworking is a passion, not a purpose. A purpose would be to use your woodworking skills to help others.
I believe both purpose and passion are tied to our feelings.
How do you feel when you are doing a certain thing? Are you excited to do it again? Does it make you want to keep doing it because it brings you excitement and joy? Or are you drained by it?
What brings you to life?
Do you lose track of time when doing something? Do you read about a certain subject over and over? Visit a certain topic on the web consistently? Think about these questions. Figure out what brings you to life. This will help lead you in the direction of finding your purpose.
I didn’t find my true passions until my mid-40’s. And like I said earlier, I’m still lost at times. But I’m slowly figuring out my
I’ve always enjoyed doing certain things but never stuck with anything over a long period because they didn’t bring me to life. They didn’t bring me joy.
Running is something I do for myself. The WHAT is running. The WHY is because it keeps me healthy and it is a different challenge every time I do it. I feel good every time I run. It is also a form of therapy for me and helps with my mental health. But this is not my purpose.
Writing is also a passion of mine. Just like running, I love to do it because it is a different challenge every time. I love expressing myself in this way and am excited when I push the publish button. It gives me confidence every time I do it. This is the WHAT.
I write because I love helping others who have been through similar life situations including people who suffer from depression and anxiety. Others who
I write because I want to let others know they can build the life they want, and they don’t have to follow everyone else’s ideas of success.
This is the WHY. Along with being the best father to my kids, helping others through my writing is my PURPOSE.
How to figure out your purpose
To figure out your purpose, start with your passions. Your passions will lead you to your purpose if you dig deep. It is right there in front of you but you have to take action to figure it out.
To get started, answer these two questions:
- If success (by your definition) was guaranteed, what would you be doing?
- If money wasn’t an issue, what would you do to occupy your time?
Take the time to do this exercise and it can help lead you to find your purpose (as well as your passions). Finding your own unique purpose will then lead you to a better and more fulfilled life. It has me, and I know it can for you.
It’s important because many of us are living life without a purpose and are going through life merely existing instead of actually living. We are going through life accepting misery instead of finding true joy.
I did this for years. But I knew there was something better for me and I decided to change.
Don’t give up hope of something greater. I didn’t, and I’m finally living my purpose. And my passions.