I just don’t know what mine is quite yet.
My name is Kelly, and I’m struggling. I’m struggling because I feel as though my entire life has been lived for others. Sure, I did eat that third slice of carrot cake for me, but I’m talking about what I’m dedicating most of my waking hours to–my career, my vocation, my calling, my purpose.
I hear that a purpose-driven life is fulfilling, rewarding, and challenging in ways that force you to grow and become the best version of yourself. I haven’t felt that way about my life in a long time, and I want to do something about it. I want to figure out what my purpose for being here is, and I want you to do the same with me.
I call this “fighting” to find your purpose because it hasn’t come easy for us. We didn’t grow up knowing we wanted to be a doctor or journalist or teacher and then receive positive reinforcement to pursue that path. Or, we might have had some inkling of the right path, but we were dissuaded because of practicality or lack of prestige. Either way, we know something is not right in our life, and we need to change it.
But what is the right direction? And how do you handle the naysayers or judgmental types? How do you block your own ego or that of your partner? How do you persevere in the face of these obstacles, chief among them wanting to please everyone else but yourself (up to now)?
The only way I know how to start finding answers to these and other questions is by looking to others who have successfully fought for their purpose-driven lives. In this blog, I will examine those aspirational stories and look for takeaways to apply in my life and in yours.
My hope is that by fighting together, we can each find our reason for being here.