What is your purpose?
Have you ever been at home and you have this insane craving for a particular food or snack but you either don’t have the patience to cook the food or the time to go to the store to get the snack? So you decide to eat something else, you tell yourself that “food is food, and at least I am eating something.” At least that is what you try to convince yourself, soon you realize that not only did the food you settle for give you no satisfaction but your craving has come back and it is more intense than it was before. You see, I believe that this is what we do in life when it comes to our hopes and dreams. Most people know that there is a greater purpose for them, in their soul they know that there is a hidden talent or genius, but the fear of change or failure causes them to settle. Instead of satisfying this intense craving they have within them, they settle and try to live the rest of their boring monotonous life convincing themselves that they are fine and that life is about finding a secure and stable occupation. You may delude others but you cannot delude yourself!
I believe that the monotonous lifestyle goes against human nature. We humans have magic within us. We were meant to evolve, create , and grow. We have the power to see something in our imagination, and bring it to life through persistence and dedication. Yet most people use their minds to do little things, they use their minds in such a small way that they become bored with their lives. When I meet new people I often ask them about their true purpose in life. Paolo Coelho refers to this as your “personal legend” in his book The Alchemist. What I find interesting is the fact that most people I talk to have no clue what their personal legend is. What is even more interesting is that for some of these people, the idea of a personal legend or a true purpose never really crossed their mind.
Think of a specific route that you take on a constant basis. It can be to your job or to your home but you have taken this route so man times that sometimes its like you make it home without ever really focusing on the road. You have become so accustomed to the route that you could probably be half asleep and still make it home. There may be times you pull into your driveway and think “Wow! I am home already.” This is how many people go through life. They live life on autopilot, doing the same thing every single day. Their life can literally be summed up in three words- work, eat, and sleep. If this is you, you must wake up! You have great treasures within you, but if you never use them or try to understand what those treasures are, they will die along with you.
For those of you who want to know what it feels like to live in your personal legend, let me paint a picture for you. Instead of dragging yourself out of bed after hitting sleep on the alarm three times, you beat the alarm getting up. As a matter of fact, you know longer need an alarm because your passion wakes you. Every day is like an adventure because you know that today you are going to learn something different, just like you did yesterday. Instead of living the monotonous life your life is spent creating, evolving, and inspiring. You have so much passion in what you do that at times you find yourself up late at night working excitedly on your craft. When you think about the future you are excited because you know that victory is won daily, and that a year from now your knowledge and love for what you do will be so much more. People are drawn to you because you have so much magic and energy inside of you. The light in you is so great that simply being in your presence allows others to feel this light. This is exactly what Marianne Williamson meant in her poem Our Greatest Fear when she said, “As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
If you do not know what your personal legend is you must begin today to search within yourself. Find things that excite you, or things that you have always wanted to do. Start reading books about others who came before you and made this thing possible. When I picked up a book on the early computer scientists I felt excitement and knew that this was the profession for me. Even though I had no previous programming experience I was determined to learn, evolve, and create, this is what truly makes us human.
You may ask yourselves, “well what’s wrong with a monotonous life? At least I have security.” To answer your question, I will provide you with a powerful quote. You must also remember this in those dark times when you are paralyzed by fear and indecision.
“Knowing you have failed to live up to your own standards is the ultimate pain, knowing that you have fulfilled your highest vision is the ultimate pleasure.”