Missing purpose many of us feel lost.
Like a keen sense of style some of us have it, but many others spend their lives desperately searching for their purpose.
Why am I here?
What is the purpose of my life? What is my passion?
How do I find it?
These types of questions haunt many of us. And while the answers can be foggy, one thing is most certainly clear.
They are dumb questions!
They are useless questions!
They are questions that keep people stuck, versus questions that keep us moving forward.
As British comedian, Eddie Izzard, in his documentary, Believe, says:
If the purpose of life is to live it then, which I think it is, we’re here. You can go all about what’s it all about, and get lost in a circular argument. Instead get it, grab it, put positivity into it.
The problem with questions of purpose and passion, and indeed the question that haunted me for so long—What Do I Want?— is, like a mission statement, they require a grand answer.
And when we set up the questions seeking some life-altering answer, it’s easy to dismiss any smaller answer that doesn’t fit the bill.
Point out to someone who thinks they lack purpose that they have five purposeful things to do this week and they will tell you, “That’s not what I mean.”
They are looking past what’s purposeful to find some over-arching purpose.
But, is there one? Should there be one?
What is purpose for my cat? To live a life of sitting on the sofa? To be the best she can be at playing with her angry birds toy? To be an explorer of new hiding places?
Is her life not worth living because she lacks a grand purpose?
Or is it just us humans who often fail to live a worthwhile life because we are missing purpose?