I’ve recently had a breakthrough moment….call it, “almost hitting that 3rd floor midlife introspection.” As I enter this last year of my 20’s, I reflect on the purpose of my life. I’m sure one can summarize my life and say that I’ve taken the non-traditional route in life or so…. Yet, It’s not simply about conforming or not conforming to societal values, it’s about finding our mission in life.
Paulo Coelho once said in his book, The Alchemist, “Whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it’s because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It’s your mission on earth.”
In life, we find our mission through silence. That deep silence that brings attention to and connects us to our greatest fears, dreams, and wishes. We are also able to find it by listening and taking notice of our loved ones.
We are all called to a mission, whether it is to provide inspiration, support, or love, we do it in different ways. Some of us through our job or profession, others through friendships, and some through simply being strangers. I’ve been extremely lucky to meet people who have inspired me by simply saying “hi” or provided support through their words and actions. Know that every person that you meet has the potential to make a lasting impression and it’s up to each of us to “see” and value it.
My parents have always said that I have always been way too “innocent” and simply way too trusting of others. I guess they they were afraid that one day I would run into problems, ha. But, gratefully, I haven’t yet (& plus they’ve always seemed to say this with annoyance so I was always confused by what they meant…). Others always tend to say I’m nice or kind. Now, I realize it’s not innocence or niceness that drives me around others, it’s my desire to freely love others. Yes, I can be gullible or ignorant in some things, but I would much rather be vulnerable in that aspect than purposefully hurting others or missing out on the chance of forming a connection. Yes, Siree.
So in response to P. Coelho, I would say my mission is: whoever you are, whatever you do, whatever you feel, whatever you value or believe in, or how ever old you are, I want to be there for you- the person who was wonderfully created and I was lucky enough to run into or share life on this earth with… what’s your mission?