Do you ever find yourself asking “What is my purpose in life?” or “What do I really want to do with my life?”
I’m still not sure.
Even after I’ve finished school, graduated university, got a job, I still can’t clearly define what my purpose is.
So I googled what the definition of ‘purpose’ was. It came up with ‘the reason for which something exists’.
So what is my reason?
Honestly these thoughts can be quite overwhelming, and you feel like you don’t have yourself together if you can’t describe what you really want to do. But I think that there’s no one way of finding it, but many ways to find yourself and your values, skills, passions and strengths that shape who you are. I think its about finding what your interests are, and what you’re good at that will help you discover your reason.
One of the hardest decisions I’ve made is quitting my accounting job which was essentially what I just spent the last 3 years in university studying.
I just knew it wasn’t my passion, and I didn’t want to be stuck in this profession I didn’t enjoy. However, I knew I always enjoyed listening to people’s stories, having a genuine conversation with them, and investing my time in others. I wanted a job in which I can help people find their potential and to become the best version of them.
My friends and family often say that my strength is being an empathetic person, someone who understands others and is approachable, and someone who sees the good in others.
When I decided to leave my job, I chose to follow my strength, and followed it to a zone of unfamiliarity. I took the risk to pursue my passion for people and to find a job in the Human Resources field where I can utilise my strengths.
I believe your strengths can help you find your purpose.
It doesn’t have to be defined as one big thing or one great achievement. It can simply be a way of making the most of your life by using your unique gifts and talents. I’m still finding what my true purpose is, but I feel closer to understanding it by drawing on my strengths and beliefs. It’s alright to not know and to still be finding your path. Good things take time! Just don’t give up and strive to be your best self.
It will come to you.
Written by Yoana Soegiharto