Can Someone In Their Late 20’s Discover Their Purpose In Life?

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Can Someone In Their Late 20’s Discover Their Purpose In Life?

Posted On February 07, 2016 Thought Technology



Ever heard it before? Of course you have – it’s plastered on all those motivational posts you see sprawled across Instagram and those Facebook pages you see posting every eight minutes.


So why is it that you’re 27, still sitting here, trying to figure it all out?


No, not what to watch on Netflix. I mean trying to figure out:


  • Why exactly am I here?

  • What am I going to be doing in 5 years, 10 years, shoot maybe even 6 hours?

  • How am I going to share my talents and skills with the world?

  • How will I make enough money to one day support a family or my dream of traveling the world?


You’d think that the countless Instagram posts and inspirational quotes that get sent out into the universe on a daily basis were gaining traction enough to motivate you into action.


How do you really find your purpose?


One of the fundamental purpose-finding activities that you most likely haven’t done is to sit down eye to eye with yourself. Some might call it the ego. It’s that little voice in the back of your mind that constantly alters how you see the world.


You haven’t actually peeled away all the layers to get to your core…yet.


But when you get there, you might be surprised what you find.


You still have to sit down with the child inside that screams and kicks when he or she doesn’t have his way and ask why.


You still have to bend down eye to eye to the toddler who remains silent because he or she is at a loss for words.


Your path to your purpose means sitting down with your inner you and exploring the desires, temptations, fears and interests that have laid dormant for the last two decades.


One of quite possibly the most important quotes for you to remember from here on out is the following…

“Remember that one thing you said you were going to do before you got busy and forgot? You should go do that. You really should.”


I wish I could tell you who it came from but last I saw, it was written onto a cardboard sign on a Tumblr blog. Whoever said it was (and maybe still is) a genius.


Think back to when you were a child – did you dream of becoming a fireman or a police officer? Maybe you wanted to be a Mighty Morphin Power Ranger like I did. You had a dream and that dream is still alive. The only thing that has changed is the shell that surrounds the dream.


Now I’m not saying I still want to be a Power Ranger fighting off evil, but I sure do want to be a role model for others, a trend-setter, the one who is so fortunate enough as to inspire others into action. Oh and it won’t hurt if I get to wear a cool uniform while I’m doing it.


It’s much like how a tree grows. If you chop a tree in half, you can see the rings of where the original tree was and how it grew outward year after year. Each time, it developed a stronger shell and the roots dug deeper but the bark was moving further and further away from its core. The tree is still round, resembling where it came from, but it’s growing in more directions than one.


There are three things that are certain in this life and they are:


  1. Death

  2. Taxes

  3. Computer hard drive failure


You know that you were placed here for more than just paying bills and dying so let’s talk about what your purpose is and then how you can discover it. That last one was good though right?


Your purpose is an intersection, a crossroads, and it takes place at the corner of four things:


  1. It’s something that you are good at

  2. It’s something that you are paid for

  3. It’s something that the world needs more of

  4. It’s something that you LOVE


Something that you love and that the world needs more of is really a mission, it’s leaving more to be desired. While fulfilling unless you are great at it, it won’t keep you inspired for long.


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