People want purpose.
They want something to live for, rules to live by, rewards and struggles and triumphs.
People want to define value by what they achieve.
What they have.
Who they marry.
What group they identify with: gay, straight, religious, atheist, athlete, musician, hipster, corporate, blue collar, white collar, married, single, middle class, poor…
I grew up thinking my value was defined by how many people I “converted”. How “close I could get to God”. How much better I could get at being “perfect”.
What if, instead, our value is defined by our self awareness?
What if, instead of fighting to identify, to redefine, to blend, you fight to find yourself?
What if you use your challenges to ferret out your strengths? Your triumphs to encourage you to sharpen your gifts?
What if you spend life surrounding yourself with people who push you to be the truest and best version of yourself?
What if your income, your possessions, your relationships, your studies, your job, your future are simple tools to discover the deepest parts of you?
I would submit that the end-goal of life is never a line in the sand, a box of things, a relationship and its tenure…
The end-goal of life, of my life, is knowing myself better.
You discover, with time, as you let yourself into YOU, what you are capable of, what you can achieve.
You discover your self-discipline, the lengths of your patience, the better parts of your character, and the struggle to preserve them.
And from there, you give back.
Until you really know what you are capable of, until you know yourself, you cannot truly capitalize on your abilities.
When you pause to study yourself, you begin to be awed by your own potential.
Learn your potential. Fight for your individuality.
Don’t blend, cave, surrender. Be you, find you, develop you.
Learn the value of “I can”, and learn to DO, by learning the essence of the person behind that knowledge and its implementation.
Stop focusing on what the world thinks of you, what your friends think of you, who you want to look like and become, and start delving inward.
Turn your focus to being the best and truest version of your very own individual self.
I promise you, that’s the best place to find happiness, and to develop purpose.
Your integrity to yourself is the greatest and most beautiful thing you can achieve in this lifetime.