Is There A Perfect Path To Finding Your Purpose?
Start writing a post
Politics and Activism

Is There A Perfect Path To Finding Your Purpose?

When purpose seems intangible, take time to reevaluate.

20
Is There A Perfect Path To Finding Your Purpose?
Meghan Daniel

It's 2017. It's a new year and a new chance to do incredible things; to reimagine yourself, to reconstruct the layers of political, social, and economic problems of the world, to redevelop social norms, and most importantly to reevaluate your purpose.

Purpose: the reason why something is done; the aim or intention of something; the feeling of being determined to do or achieve something; the aim or goal of a person, what a person is trying to do or become (as defined by Merriam-Webster).

Purpose is a magical word. It signifies the path an individual may take towards their hopes and dreams. Purpose is also a word of multifarious meanings. There is not one sole purpose for humankind; in fact, that's the beauty of purpose. There is not one same solitary goal that is assigned to each person, but instead, each individual is given the opportunity to determine their own purpose. What a blessing, but what an extraordinary challenge.

Purpose entails four elements: goal, path, implementation, reevaluation, and is worked at in this order. First, a goal is determined, which is often time sensitive. When it comes to purpose, the end goal is normally pretty big, I.E. end goal may be "become president of the United States." (Miss Lydia Estes maybe?) Once one has determined their ultimate, super-awesome, I'm-gonna-celebrate-for-weeks-when-this-happens goal, they start to design a path to achieve it. Soon enough, the plan is implemented, and they start on the path. More likely than not, reevaluation is required somewhere along the way. This is a key part of purpose, and where I believe many people become too consumed in their worries and struggles to continue along their path.

Reevaluation. Key point: purpose is for people of all ages. Plans for purpose often begin at a young age, but purpose is a concept that should remain a burning flame in one's heart for the entirety of his/her life. I believe that the path to purpose is often veiled underneath a fog of difficulties. Hardships and strife are cantankerous, unavoidable factors of life that can often lead to disillusionment and distance from one's initially charted path to purpose. For example, a college student who, in the second semester of his/her junior year decides he/she is not properly suited for his/her declared major may find him/herself in a rut. His/her path to purpose that was so carefully thought out; courses chose, internships completed, graduate schools applied to, suddenly crumbles. The initial implementation seems to have failed, and reevaluation is necessary immediately. Another example of difficulty along one's path to purpose may come later in life, in the form of what many have dubbed a "midlife crisis." Likely at this point, one has graduated from x college, possibly attended graduate or medical school, and is moving his/her way up the career ladder. All of the sudden, progress comes to a halt when one realizes that he/she is standing the last rung on the ladder and there is nowhere to go from there. Whatever happened to lifelong learning? Lifelong progress? Always moving? What a scary thought, that you may reach your most climactic point in your life when you're merely in the middle of it. Once again, reevaluation is necessary in order to determine what steps to take next (and see if maybe you can get a taller ladder.)

So where's the end?

So far, it seems that the path for purpose is just that, a path. But where is the pot of gold? Where is the bell that one rings when they've reached their destination? Will the end ever be in sight?

So many questions, so little answers.

My wish is that each person may have extraordinary goals, filled with illustrious dreams of saving the world, or conquering evil, or curing poverty, hunger, and racism. (If your goals differ from these, that's perfectly okay too. You might just be an aspiring journalist who wants the world to read her writing, and I think that's a pretty decent goal, too.) However, more importantly than the achievement of one's final goal, I wish that each individual's path to purpose is filled with love, learning, and luster. Like Miley Cyrus said, It's the climb.

Happy purpose-ing.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Olivia White

"The American flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies from the last breath of each solider who died protecting it."

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Separation Anxiety in Pets

Separation anxiety in pets is a real thing and recognizing the warning signs is important.

199209

Since March, Covid-19 required most of the world to quarantine in their homes. Majority of people ended up working from home for nearly five months. This meant pet owners were constantly with their pets giving them attention, playing with them, letting them out etc. Therefore, when the world slowly started to open up again and pet owners began returning to normal life work schedules away from the home, pet owners noticed a difference in the way their pet acted. Many pets develop separation anxiety especially during this crazy time when majority people were stuck inside barely leaving the house.

Keep Reading... Show less
Robert Bye on Unsplash

I live by New York City and I am so excited for all of the summer adventures.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

The invention of photography

The history of photography is the recount of inventions, scientific discoveries and technical improvements that allowed human beings to capture an image on a photosensitive surface for the first time, using light and certain chemical elements that react with it.

360004

The history of photography is the recount of inventions, scientific discoveries and technical improvements that allowed human beings to capture an image on a photosensitive surface for the first time, using light and certain chemical elements that react with it.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Exposing Kids To Nature Is The Best Way To Get Their Creative Juices Flowing

Constantly introducing young children to the magical works of nature will further increase the willingness to engage in playful activities as well as broaden their interactions with their peers

1761609

Whenever you are feeling low and anxious, just simply GO OUTSIDE and embrace nature! According to a new research study published in Frontiers in Psychology, being connected to nature and physically touching animals and flowers enable children to be happier and altruistic in nature. Not only does nature exert a bountiful force on adults, but it also serves as a therapeutic antidote to children, especially during their developmental years.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

5 Simple Ways To Give Yourself Grace, Especially When Life Gets Hard

Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we are becoming.

1116192
Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

If there's one thing I'm absolutely terrible at, it's giving myself grace. I'm easily my own worst critic in almost everything that I do. I'm a raging perfectionist, and I have unrealistic expectations for myself at times. I can remember simple errors I made years ago, and I still hold on to them. The biggest thing I'm trying to work on is giving myself grace. I've realized that when I don't give myself grace, I miss out on being human. Even more so, I've realized that in order to give grace to others, I need to learn how to give grace to myself, too. So often, we let perfection dominate our lives without even realizing it. I've decided to change that in my own life, and I hope you'll consider doing that, too. Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we're becoming. As you read through these five affirmations and ways to give yourself grace, I hope you'll take them in. Read them. Write them down. Think about them. Most of all, I hope you'll use them to encourage yourself and realize that you are never alone and you always have the power to change your story.

Keep Reading... Show less
Entertainment

Breaking Down The Beginning, Middle, And End of Netflix's Newest 'To All The Boys' Movie

Noah Centineo and Lana Condor are back with the third and final installment of the "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" series

994168
Netflix

Were all teenagers and twenty-somethings bingeing the latest "To All The Boys: Always and Forever" last night with all of their friends on their basement TV? Nope? Just me? Oh, how I doubt that.

I have been excited for this movie ever since I saw the NYC skyline in the trailer that was released earlier this year. I'm a sucker for any movie or TV show that takes place in the Big Apple.

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

4 Ways To Own Your Story, Because Every Bit Of It Is Worth Celebrating

I hope that you don't let your current chapter stop you from pursuing the rest of your story.

653677
Photo by Manny Moreno on Unsplash

Every single one of us has a story.

I don't say that to be cliché. I don't say that to give you a false sense of encouragement. I say that to be honest. I say that to be real.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments