How do you know what your purpose in life is? Does it come to you while you’re in college, at the beginning of your career, after your first heartbreak, or in your late 40s? The answer is all of the above. It can happen at any point when you least expect it. After speaking and interning with different groups of people in their late 30s and 40s, I noticed a similar pattern. Many of them end up quitting their successful careers to pursue a passion or dream they never fulfilled.
They spent their entire lives working in corporate offices, making a great income, and realize it’s not for them. Although they’re content and gracious for everything in life, there is always something missing. An empty gap just waiting to be filled.
As the famous quote reads,
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”
One day, they wake up to realize what their true passions are and sacrifice everything to fulfill that destiny. Hearing these stories from people I look up to, inspires me for a number of reasons.
First off, this assures me that everything will be okay.
Hearing it from family and friends is one thing, but listening to actual stories from other individuals is entirely something else. It reminds you that you are not alone. It tells you that it’s never too late to do the things you always dreamt of. Also, it tells you that you can do anything at any age because there is no time frame for achieving your goals.
I’m only 22-years-old, yet sometimes I find myself stressing about the future and what I want to do with my life. I compare myself to other people my age and ultimately will feel discouraged. I’ll feel lost, confused, and stuck between a number of paths. But, then I’ll hear stories similar to what I’m going through right now and it makes me realize, everybody has their own unique experience.
When your mindset revolves around pleasing the world around you, rather than focusing on your heart and goals, you will never find what you’re looking for.
The failures and successes we all go through will lead us to something greater. All you can do is live in present moment and take it one day at a time. Just because you do not have all the answers doesn’t mean you’ve taken a wrong turn. There are no right or wrong turns, there is only your turn. Nobody has all the answers. Nobody knows how to get to their destination. Sometimes our passions are developed over time. So, until then, just relax your mind and enjoy this experience as it passes you by.
However many years it might take if it’s meant to be it will be.