Recently, I have been thinking a lot about the purpose of my life. Looking back over the past 24 years, or well, let’s just ignore the childhood and perhaps keep it 10 years; that makes more sense to talk about. So, reflecting on the path I have traveled, it kinda feels like a constant chase- a chase for knowledge, better grades, a good high school, a better college, a good job, later scholarship for Masters. But now, I am beginning to think beyond.
I quite remember the day I won the scholarship, of course, how could I forget! It was indeed the happiest day of my life. I had worked hard for it and I have lived the moment I was waiting to live. But, when that moment had passed, I felt empty. There was a sense of voidness. A lack of pursuit. Sure, I was excited about Sweden, KTH, Masters, and all the opportunities. But ever since, there is something missing- a higher purpose.
This is quite bothering me recently- what is true happiness? Is it a satisfying job, the place you live, a loving partner, a nice cozy apartment, traveling the world, kids or pets? or all of the above? So, once someone has it all, is it all about living through everyday errands and enjoying the life and the beauty while it lasts? I mean, does one feel really happy and satisfied at this point? Well, probably I am digressing. I need to strike a harmony here. So is it the purpose of life that is bothering me or is it about being happy? Why do I tend to think that a genuine and determined pursuit is what happiness and life itself are about?
Is it maturity that comes with age that has seeded in my head this awe, well I wonder. The renowned psychologist Martin Seligman said, “Meaning comes from belonging to and serving something beyond yourself and from developing the best within you”. This indeed calls for some profound thinking and reflection on a very deeper level, doesn’t it? One would say that a sense of belonging would be to belong to a family, a relationship but I think it is when you let yourself, your life and your happiness belong to you. In a world so abstruse, the transience of things and its oddity perhaps necessitates the pivot of one’s life to be at the core of oneself as it rotates about its people, relations, and whatever the quest be.
What is very interesting here and something that makes much more sense to me is – “Serving something beyond yourself”. Maybe the meaning of life and true happiness is not about a satisfying job, loving family or all of that, perhaps its something beyond yourself – A higher purpose. Perhaps, the purpose of your life is about something that is so much more than just you; it could be anything from being able to give back to the society, a contribution to your field, something that helps humankind, perhaps the planet. I think the purpose of one’s life is to make a difference in someone else’s life, probably a million people’s lives, or maybe ten or one, it doesn’t matter- it’s about something that is beyond yourself.
At this moment, I am so reminded of one of my favorite songs – “I Was Here“ by Beyonce
I wanna leave my footprints on the sands of time
Know there was something that, meant something that I left behind
When I leave this world, I’ll leave no regrets
Leave something to remember, so they won’t forget
I wanna say I lived each day, until I die
And know that I meant something in somebody’s life
The hearts I have touched will be the proof that I leave
That I made a difference, and this world will see
I was here
I lived, I loved
I was here
Probably this is the purpose of life- The pursuit! The pursuit to make a difference and to do that, one, of course, has to keep making himself/herself better, thereby bringing out the best within oneself in the process. So, this is perhaps is true happiness when you know the purpose of your life and you’re in its pursuit.
So to end this post,
I hope you liked this post. This one is a true reflection of someone who is growing in her head or probably is a random flood of thoughts on one fine day as some might dismiss- well, perhaps! Different people will have a different purpose in life, I think life would be far more streamlined if one only figured it out while still being alive.
Have a lovely evening!
Be kind to people, animals, plants and the planet!