The Truth About Finding Your Purpose (And What Everyone Overlooks)
You know how everyone’s trying to figure out what their purpose in life is? It’s like this exhausting quest we’ve decided to go on because we hear about how we “need a purpose” and that finding your purpose automatically means your life will make sense.
I’ve been through many stages of thinking I know what my purpose is only to have it change a few months later. I guess the problem of being multi-passionate is that it’s really hard to pick just one thing, but that alone tells me that my purpose isn’t necessarily a fixed path.
These days, I have a pretty solid idea of my current purpose: to help others feel more content with their lives.
I’ve figured out that I can do this through my writing and one-on-one coaching. I already love blogging so much, and I feel that this blog has become such a huge part of my life and somehow I’ve managed to help others through my writing. I’m also in graduate school right now to get my degree in health coaching so that I can make the second part a reality next year.
So what’s the big deal, Catherine? Seems like you’ve got it all figured out.
The problem is that I know where I’m headed, but it seems so far off in the distance. The huge elephant in the room is that I still need to make a living. I think there’s this misconception that once you figure out your purpose, you’ll be set in the money department and making millions of dollars because you’re doing what you’re passionate about.
As a blogger, I make a little bit here and there from sponsored posts and affiliate links, but it’s nowhere near to what I make at my current 9-5 job. I know there are plenty of other ways that I could make money from blogging, but finding the time and energy to do it is a challenge. I also know that I’ll be able to make an income through coaching, but that can’t realistically happen until I’m certified next year.
Sometimes I think I should quit my job so that I’m forced to find a way to make money through my passions. At the same time, I really really really value the feeling of being secure. The thought of not having a stable paycheck freaks me out.
What do you do once you’ve figured out your purpose?
If I want to make a living through writing and coaching and being my own boss, lots of things need to happen before that becomes a reality. My main struggle is that I know what needs to happen, but having the patience and energy to get things done is hard.
Sometimes I have to remind myself that I decided to go through with all of this. I made myself this busy by committing to a full-time job, graduate school, and blogging. And I do know that it will be worth it ultimately, but oh man, dealing with it in the moment is rough.
This whole ‘purpose’ thing is not a walk in the park, and I think it’s worth mentioning because it’s often overlooked. Figuring out your purpose is simply not going to be the answer to all of your problems. Part of me doesn’t even believe in defining a purpose for myself anymore, but rather sticking with what I’m passionate about and not overthinking it.
Ultimately what drives me is the idea that I can make a difference in other people’s lives.
Whether I get paid or not, helping others is fulfilling to me. Making a living from doing what I love is just the icing on the cake, and I believe that it will be a reality in the next year or so.
Even though I’m struggling, I am not going to give up. I don’t believe in sitting around and waiting for opportunities to just turn up out of nowhere, which is why I’m continuing to push through all of this. I am confident in myself and this journey, and I believe that it’s all going to be worth it. Where there’s a will, there’s a way, right?
I’m an optimist at heart, and when the exhaustion takes over, I know that I can revisit my vision and know that I’m getting closer to where I want to be.
What do you think?
This post has probably been a little less positive than others on my blog, but I wanted to share what I’m going through in case anyone else is too. I think it’s important to shed light on our struggles and share our coping methods with others. Plus, I always want to keep it real with you guys because that’s just who I am.
My big question right now is how do you go about making your purpose a reality once you’ve found it? Or, more specifically, how do you have the patience, time, and energy to make it a reality?
Is this purpose thing all it’s cracked up to be? Leave a comment below!