The definition of purpose is, “the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists”. This is the reason or motivation for somethings’ existence. Does the same definition apply to an individual? An individual’s purpose is, “a person’s sense of resolve or determination”. I think that both are relevant in describing an individual’s purpose.
You have probably at one time or more contemplated the meaning of life, thrown your hands up to the heaven’s crying, “why am here?”. Unless you’ve had personal talks with the big G-O-D or which ever higher power you may believe in, none of us really know why we’re here and what happens after ‘here’. What is the reason for our existence? I’m sure there is a scientific reason for man’s being but what is the reason for our own individual existence?
While some people may answer that question for you and dictate to you why you’re here and what your purpose is, the truth is that only you know the answer. And only you can define your purpose, only you can find your sense of resolve or determination. Some people search a lifetime to find their purpose, some just know and some sadly never find it. But the truth is that we all have a purpose, we all have a reason for being, a reason for existing. And your purpose is not just to exist.
I define purpose as that which drives you, that which ignites your soul, that which simply, makes you happy. When you find your purpose, you will feel fulfilled. Your purpose could be to create beautiful music and light up peoples souls, it could be to cook amazing food and share love through that (while many may be convinced that they are, not everyone is a good cook), or it could be just to listen to others problems and lend a healing ear. You will not necessarily make money from your purpose or perhaps you will but that should not be the drive behind unlocking your purpose. I feel that your purpose is not only something that will make you happy but will more importantly impact on the lives of others.
This is why the definition of purpose, “the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists” explains why you are here. You were created for a reason, your existence has a purpose and you have to find your purpose because THAT is why your are here. It was at a lunch with Musa Saurombe, the youngest PhD graduate in Africa, that I was struck by her view of purpose. She says that it is selfish of us not to find our purpose in life because by you not finding out what you were meant to do, you are robbing others of your gift. And that just stuck.
If you have ever felt that you have no direction, that you were put on this earth for no reason or that your life is pointless …. stop!! You are here for a reason, you have a purpose, you just need to hone in and find it. You have to find your gift because if you don’t, you are robbing those you know of your amazingness.