Last night during our weekly #TipsyChat I asked people what they felt their purpose in life was. In response, I received all sorts of answers like “giving my children a good life” or “leaving the world a better place than I found it,” but the one I saw most and that stood out to me was the fact that many people just said “to survive.”
To be fair, it’s a difficult question and not one that we need to know an answer to, but it’s certainly interesting to think about. Personally, I’m not sure about life’s purpose – mine or a greater sense – but I’m always interested to hear about what drives others not just to succeed but to power through another day. There’s no right or wrong answer, just what works for each person.
When we’re growing up as children, it seems that our purpose is to learn as much as we can so that we can be functional adults. As young adults, it’s too establish our careers and place so that we can continue to thrive and work our way up as we continue through time. In parenthood, it seems that purpose can be found in bringing up the kids in the best environment possible.
On a larger scale? Who’s to say.
Let’s look back at my initial point of saying the purpose of life is “to survive.” We’re each going to have different dreams, different means of achieving those dreams, and thus different purposes – but in the end, isn’t it true that we must first survive in order to reach those? One day we’ll all die, so we’re all simultaneously forging our own paths through life. Some people choose to make the most of every moment, while others aim for larger goals. We eat, breathe, and carry on in order to survive in order to reach those goals but ultimately we’ll meet our demise.
So what’s the purpose of life? That’s entirely up to your interpretation. It can be big, small, simple, complex, involved, or as basic as waking up another day. But if you find yourself struggling to see a purpose of your own, try looking to what makes you happy. What do you look forward to? What would you rather do over all else? There, you might find that purpose you’re looking for.