Please Don’t Panic If You Haven’t Found Your Life’s Purpose

from SHRP

In today’s hyper-connected world, it’s easy to feel like you are falling behind. Whether it’s your career status, relationship status, or social status, it’s all too common to think people are farther ahead of you.

This especially rings true when we think everyone else has found their purpose in life.

There’s nothing worse than seeing a friend live out their life’s purpose and feeling a twinge of envy.

What they fail to realize is that purpose does not find you, you find your purpose through action, hard work, and patience. In other words, the more you pour yourself into your projects (more on this in a bit), the more you learn about yourself and the clearer your purpose becomes.

Purpose is the common driver between your passions.

More here.

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55 Responses to Please Don’t Panic If You Haven’t Found Your Life’s Purpose

  1. Lucas Nieves-Violet October 26, 2017 at 5:02 pm #

    A big part of part of everyone’s lives is applying to college. When college season comes around you not only need to be ready but you also need to be focused on your grades in school as well as you test scores. And while this may be seen as the tough part it isn’t. The hard part comes when you have to decide what you want to study. Science, Business, Communications, and Philosophy whatever the area maybe you already need to know what direction you will orient yourself. Whether some of us may not understand it yet this decision is a crucial part of our lives as it will direct us in a certain path. While I may have said college in the beginning it’s the same thing for people who want to pursue different sorts of studyings, it could be cooking school, or mechanic school for that matter all types relate.

    In the article the author Declan Wilson talks about projects in similar ways the biggest project you will accomplish in your life is yourself. Pursuing this journey will transform you in the person you will be 20 or 30 years from now. An advice I would give to anyone struggling to find themselves or what to study in school, is to figure out who they are first. If anyone gives you the chance to travel to different places in the world or gives you internships then do them. For example last summer I was already interested in international business given that my backgrounds comes from France, Mexico and the U.S. I Decided to do a business internship in Rwanda with my mom’s company. I worked for four weeks at Rwacof, a coffee company that produces, ships out and sells coffee seeds, and beans to big companies like Starbucks, Nestle or Dunkin Donuts. I went through the whole process, I oversaw every job title, and while some were boring as heck per say I still was enthusiast see the whole process and the job of each person. Finally I came to the logistics department which I really enjoyed, and am now interest in pursuing.

    Internships and personal life experiences help you find out who you are and what you want. Some may not be interesting some may be boring but at least at the end of the day you will know what you like and don’t. It is important to explore and practice something new often in order to broaden your scope and interests. At times you may not want to do something but doing that very thing might turn to do be something you love. Most importantly though when finding the person you are it is important that you alone like the things you are doing. No one else can like them for you. It is important that you follow your own path it isn’t because your best friend likes to do something that you should like it was well. Like your own things and do them as well. There is no shame in being late to discover what you really want to do with your life because once you do, you’ll know exactly where you stand and what you need to do to get there.

  2. Shannon Britton October 26, 2017 at 10:36 pm #

    Being a senior in college, you feel a lot of pressure to find your purpose in life. That is what most people would say is the reason you attend a University. However most people I know walking around campus are all in the same boat – we still do not know yet. Nowadays people feel so pressured to know what they want out of their career and relationships, however, most of us have no clue. And that is okay! We have to remind ourselves that we all have purposes and everyone finds theirs at different times in their life, so do not think that you are behind or never going to find yours. I agree with the writer in the comment about, “purpose does not find you, you find your purpose through action, hard work, and patience”. With that being said, it is so important to try different things and learn more about ourselves. Our purpose could be something that we never expected and we will only find out if we live life to the fullest and pour ourselves into different experiences and projects.

  3. Nicholas DiBari February 12, 2018 at 11:11 pm #

    A lack of instant gratification, or in this context, instant answers to life’s bigger questions that involve us is something that humanity has grappled with for thousands and thousands of years. Evidence of this can be found in the work of Ancient Greek philosophers, with Plato being the best example that comes to mind. Much of Plato’s work comes in the form of a narrative between the character Socrates, a sort of caricature of the true historical figure and teacher of Plato, and other individuals. Much of what Plato offers us through Socrates comes through what is often referred to as Socratic inquiry. This methodology of finding answers involves delving deeper into the underlying questions of a given subject matter to better understand the answers that don’t always come to the surface immediately in superficial conversation. For example, in Plato’s work, The Republic, Socrates works out the nuances of how man should behave justly and, on a deeper level, what it even means to be just. His arguments at first feel as though they are unattainable or at least out of reach of the common man but, upon more intensive reflection through Socratic inquiry, he is able to un-jumble his philosophical positions and allow for it to be understood by his audience.

    But what does this have to do with struggling to find our purpose in life?

    In the article, the author speaks to how people grow frustrated when the answer to the question of their purpose is not handed to them on a silver platter. He goes on to write that simply getting involved, getting out there, and partaking in the “projects” that life invites us to work on will allow for us to have a clearer idea of what our purpose is. I would venture to go a step further in the form of a step back.
    Generally speaking, in life, we all have things, call them projects, that we do every day or things that we have been involved with for extended periods of time and, perhaps, take for granted. “The unexamined life is not worth living,” says Plato via Socrates. By that logic, it can often pay sometimes to take a step back and really think about, or inquire, as to what it is that keeps us at these “projects.” Is it obligation, habit, duty or maybe, just maybe, a sense of underlying purpose? The things that we do every day say a lot about us; our likes, our dislikes, our hobbies. The collective list of these things, these activities and projects, are a summation of who we are. We say that life does not hand us our purpose on a silver platter but, maybe, it does: we just have to figure out what it is we’ve been handed.

  4. Grace Galuppo February 16, 2018 at 6:00 pm #

    Finding your life’s purpose and passions can be difficult when you want to know what you will enjoy doing for the rest of your life. I know that for myself, I had a difficult time going into college as an undecided major because I wanted to know, as all my friends did, my degree course. Additionally, I grew up in an affluent town where people expect that you will go to an expensive college along with a plan intact for your future. I also have two siblings that knew what they wanted to do with the rest of their lives before entering college. My twin brother is pursuing a math degree, but is in the ROTC program at his school and is passionate about being in the military. Furthermore, my older sister went to school to become an account and is currently working at Deloitte & Touche as a CPA.
    It is important to discover who you want to be before having a set plan of what you are going to do with your life. High school and college are the perfect places for one to figure out what their likes or dislikes, which they can do through trying new things. Moreover, having an open mind about the experiences you are going to try will ultimately benefit you in the end. For instance, if you think you are going to be a professional athlete and are only focused on that one goal, if someone happens, like you obtaining a serious back injury that prevents you from playing, you will be disappointment and left with no options for the future. In order to avoid a letdown, one should have multiple interests. Again, high school and college allows students to venture out and try new activities and clubs.
    Passions will not jump out at you. You have to work to find what satisfies you and allows you to be the best version of yourself. With that said, sometimes the activities you do will not instantly gratify you. For example, I am thinking about attending law school, but I know that it will be hard work and that I will get frustrated along the way; however, in the long term I will be stratified when I am able to help protect people. In conclusion, anyone can find their purpose for life, if they are willing to embrace new opportunities and experiences because those are the only ways to discover who you are.

  5. Brianna A Avery February 16, 2018 at 8:05 pm #

    Everyone wants to find their purpose in life, but some people expect to find it instantly. In the blog post “Please Don’t Panic If You Haven’t Found Your Life’s Purpose,” author Declan, states, people are in search for instant gratification which is why people begin to panic when they have not found their purpose. Everyone finds their purpose in life at different moments. Jenna from across the hall could have found her purpose at sixteen, while Mr. Walker down the street found his purpose at eighty. Some people went their entire lives not knowing what their purpose in life was. However, the question to the person who never found their purpose is, did they explore their options? I think finding your purpose in life comes from your personal experiences. Declan states he has children and is a husband and one of his purposes in life is “wanting to help them become the best versions of themselves.” Declan would have never known this was one of his purposes in life until he got married and when he had his son. Different chapters in life will reveal who you are as a person. As those chapters continue, I feel it is up to people to figure out what they need to do to find their life fulfillment. If a person does not have the drive or the willpower to seek fulfilling opportunities to help them decide why they were placed on Earth, it is ultimately their fault when they cannot find their purpose. Finding a purpose in life in a sense goes hand in hand with finding a career choice and not a job. Everyone wants a career, something that makes them happy and completes them as a person. Your career choice ultimately could become your purpose in life. What leads up to you finding that career choice may not bring you joy. However, once you find it, you will be happy. This is the same with finding your life purpose.

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