I’ve spent a lot of time over the years thinking about our purpose here on earth. What started out as a search for the right career slowly morphed into deep questions about why I’m here and how I should be spending my days.
There have been so many times when I’ve felt so guilty for not becoming a nurse or a doctor. I’ve always known that writing is my passion, but it’s easy to fall into thinking that I’m less-than because I’m not helping others directly.
What I’ve come to believe, though, is that your life purpose is about much more than your career. While it obviously plays a huge part in who we are as people and how we contribute to the world, I think that our purpose is more about how we show up for the world in each moment.
You could be a nurse or a doctor, but if you don’t treat people with kindness or use your career as an opportunity to spread light, love and happiness, then are you showing up for your purpose? On the other hand, you could be a bus driver and use your career as a vehicle (pun intended) for spreading goodness every day.
I think as a culture we place too much emphasis on jobs and titles and labels when we should be focusing on how we show up on a moment-to-moment basis. It really doesn’t matter what you choose to do, as long as you enjoy it. If you love what you’re doing, you’ll be more likely to feel joyful in each moment and spread that joy around, which is as good and honest of a purpose as any other I can think of.
Thinking of what to do as a career becomes way more stressful when we try to decipher which careers are most meaningful to the world. Because really, every person, career, and job out there is essential to the world, and there’s always an opportunity to spread love and light wherever you go.
Maybe today you’re working in retail, and tomorrow you’ll be a teacher. It really doesn’t matter — think of yourself as a lifelong lightworker and you can’t go wrong.
What are your thoughts on this? I’d love to hear you weigh in in the comments below!