Is Purpose Enough?


“What is my purpose in life?” Such a profound question most people ask themselves, usually right after the realization that nothing in their life has had any impact.

You wake up in the morning, stressed about what has to be done for the day to go by. You look at yourself in the mirror and start critiquing every imperfection. You jump into the shower and think to yourself, “What the hell am I doing with my life?” You brush your teeth and talk to yourself, your spouse, or whoever is listening, about random events that happened the previous day. You pep-talk yourself and say, “This is going to be a better day.” You grab your breakfast and head off to work. “What is my purpose in life again?” you think to yourself while you're commuting to work.

You're not alone. It's hard to find purpose in life when life itself keeps you busy. “Is purpose enough?” There are hundreds of books and posts on the subject, including this one. But the question remains, “Will purpose bring you closer to those you love or a steady paycheck or even enjoyment?”

Imagine realizing that your purpose is to spread the word of alien abductions or something else that may go against social norms. It may give you a sense of purpose, but it may also alienate you in the process.

Once you do have that sense of purpose, what do you do with it? Well, you make it your passion and figure out a way to turn it into a vehicle. A vehicle you enjoy talking about, participating in, practicing, advocating and telling all the naysayers “To Hell with you!”

You research and connect with like-minded people and establish a support group that shares your sense of purpose. You block out the doubters and steamroll through the obstacles. Though purpose can be a driving force behind your life ambitions, you'll still need courage, social skills, and intelligence to turn it into something you can pursue.

Next time you look in the mirror and wonder what your purpose in life is, tell yourself you have the courage to pursue it!

Cesar Castro