When I was younger, “purpose” was just a word with no heavy meaning. As I age, the word becomes more and more difficult to subjectively define. This journal was about searching for it, and my search involved just living life as it is. Trying stuff and finding out what that word will eventually mean for me. I am not young, yet I am not in a hurry. It feels scary sometimes because I feel lost, but, yeah, in the meantime, I just enjoy what’s in front of me. Luckily, I am enjoying the process, and I am optimistic that I will eventually embrace my purpose!
This entry was just to share about Hidden Brain’s new episode entitled “You 2.0: Cultivating Your Purpose” (https://hiddenbrain.org/podcast/cultivating-your-purpose/) It felt comforting to hear that even very successful people go through the wilderness trying to find it. Also, as they have mentioned in their conversation, purpose isn’t supposed to be found. It is supposed to be cultivated from within. I was also pleased to hear that my way of “finding” or possibly “cultivating” it is somehow scientifically acceptable. 😉
According to the episode, there are three pathways to purpose:
1. Proactive pathway: Purpose may come gradually as we pursue a hobby or a passion. It may gain momentum and eventually become our big P. (maybe my method)
2. Reactive pathway: It may come in response to major life events that may lead us to change or reinvent ourselves
3. Social Learning: Observe someone else who have purpose.
But, my question is, does purpose have to be very specific? Is the constant desire to make the world a better place considered a purpose? Whilst all the ways and methods to constantly achieve bits and pieces (of making a world a better place) considered our goals? O well, just a thought.