A question that is often asked by my clients is “What is my purpose in life?”
This is an important question. To have a sense of purpose is one of the leading ingredients of living a happy life. It gives us a sense of direction and helps guide us when we need to make difficult choices.
Unfortunately, a lot of people live without a guiding north star. Our society is complex and ever-changing. Most people are swept up in the various tides of change. Having a sense of purpose helps to feel anchored.
I find that there is a challenge to creating this sense of purpose. The challenge is the assumption that there is only one purpose for each person.
This creates anxiety. Looking at the multitude of options available, which one is my purpose? What if I choose the wrong purpose and spend my life locked in pursuit of this destiny?
The scary beauty of our reality is that there is more than one possible outcome. We might only be able to experience one at a time, but this does not mean we need to settle for one. Emile Wapnick gives a lovely TEDx talk on this. She calls it being a multipotentialite.
“A multipotentialite is someone with many interests and creative pursuits.”
What the TEDx video here
I love her perspective “…we should all be designing lives and careers that are aligned with how we’re wired.”
The world needs us to do this