We have all been there; in high school being told that we need to figure out what we wanted to be in life. When I was young, I wanted to be a doctor. As I got older, I narrowed it down to becoming an anesthesiologist. Today, I am not a doctor; not even close.
Like many people, I struggled with finding my purpose or narrowing down the career path I was to follow. I went to college for Computer Science. I fell into this field. I spent the summer before my senior year of high school refurbishing computers for underprivileged people and thought computers were the way to go.
I wasn’t wrong because it is a very interesting field but I don’t feel like tinkering with computer systems is my passion above any other passion.
I love to write, some carpentry, play the ukulele, play the piano, sing, dance, and the list goes on. I thought about helping others through social work, getting certified as an EMT or Psychology but I’ve been with computers for so long, I fear that I may not be totally satisfied there either. The time to learn another set of skills may not be worth it because I want to do them all.
I know that being completely satisfied in a career may not be an achievable goal but I think there is a level of satisfaction I have not met yet.
What I have discovered about myself is my purpose is not to do one thing for the rest of my life. After some self reflection, I know that my purpose includes all my interests. I am keeping my day job but I am finding ways to help others and satisfying my other interests in my spare time.
I try my best to keep up with my blog as well as my poetry and fiction writing. I practice my ukulele, sing in a choir at work, I am CPR certified and will become a volunteer EMT.
My point is, if you feel like you are wasting your life because you haven’t found your one purpose, DON’T. There is so much more to life than having a mundane work schedule. The real purpose of life is to experience life. Indulging in your other passions may lead to a more fulfilling life.
Live life because it’s too beautiful not to.