I think feeling like one has a purpose in life makes such a big difference in how we feel about ourselves and others around us, how motivated we are, and also our demeanor. I knew at an early age that my calling was to be a math teacher, so I felt that was my main purpose for many years. Then I had my first child and all of that changed. I had a strong desire to be a stay-at-home mom and that my purpose should then be to focus on raising my kids and being there for my family as much as possible. I suppose if I felt my purpose was to teach others about math as strongly as it was to be a great mom, then perhaps I would have tried to do both, but that was not the case.
As my kids have grown older and are not as needy as they used to be (except when they need a ride, a meal, or something at the store), I have felt my purpose shift back towards helping others outside of my family. All of the volunteering I have done in the past few years at the elementary school has reminded me of that purpose I once felt but had sort of forgotten about for a while.
I have always been interested in why people do what they do as well and have been finding myself gravitating towards that purpose over the last several years. In hindsight, perhaps going into the field of psychology would have been a good fit for me as well. I was told once that in a past life my purpose was to go from town to town providing comfort and guidance to people. Perhaps that was the case, as I do enjoy doing that and have been told I have good insight and am good at making connections between things and figuring out the “whys.” I still feel a calling to help others understand the world of mathematics, but I feel equally compelled to focus on these other things and still be there for my kids in whatever capacity they do still need me.
I have noticed though that in those times where I didn’t feel as strong of a purpose, I felt a little lost and like I had no sense of direction. It was much easier to focus on all the negatives. Now that I have been feeling more like I am fulfilling my purpose(s), I do feel more motivated and positive and feel like I am back on a path leading somewhere. I’m sure that path will continue to change directions, especially as I navigate back into the working world in the near future. I don’t know exactly where I am headed and what that will entail, but I do know that I have a renewed energy and am feeling more positive about my journey, wherever I am going, now that I feel more connected to my purpose(s) in life. I wish for each of you reading this that you have figured out your purpose at whatever stage of your life that you are in right now. And I hope you will agree that it does make a difference, even in a small way.
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