Life’s Purpose

Writer: Sarah Mandor

Editor: Khaled Mohamed

Don’t you ever stop and look back at your life and see that you had divided and spent your energy on many things that didn’t serve you?
You find many people saying ‘We’re in college or graduating and still don’t know who we want to be.’

Whenever you meet someone that’s successful at something, you want to add it to the list.
You find yourself getting into singing, writing, fashion, business, influencing, drawing, etc.

Life takes you down many roads and you discover that some of those roads aren’t suitable for you.
The conclusion I made through my journey was that in order to be a successful person, you have to raise your self-awareness.

A person who knows himself well, his strengths and weaknesses, what he is good at, and what he needs to work on is a person who can easily set a purpose to his life.

Sometimes, when I think stuff through alone, I feel like I haven’t reached what I want in life.. Then I ask myself, what do I really want to do in my life? What do I want to wake up to everyday? What am I good at?

At this point a thought creeps up into your mind: “What if what I want won’t be socially accepted?’
What if I only want to be a writer? What if I want to live for art? What will stop me if I want to spend my life photographing people and places?
What if I just want to have a family and raise my children? What if I don’t want to have a family, and only want to work?

Screw what is socially acceptable. We are all different; our purposes shouldn’t be the same.
Throughout a normal day, you will meet the cashier, the driver, the doctor, the teacher, the lawyer, the accountant, the artist.

To have a functional society, we need to have everyone participating. No one should tell you that what you want in life is less important.

Free yourself from going down tons of roads that you deeply know aren’t yours to take, just to satisfy others. You should know that whatever you choose to be in life will influence someone, will make a change somewhere, and you will be rewarded for it.

Now ask yourself, who do I want to be? And are my current abilities suitable for it? Then draw a road to be that person, try everything that leads you to it, believe in your strengths and potential.

No one will live your life for you and you won’t be offered life twice, so I hope you work on your main purpose. You aren’t here for nothing, you are important. Maybe you can’t see that because you aren’t at the right place yet. But it’s never too late, and besides, you can’t blame a fish for not being able to climb a tree.

What if I don’t know who I want to be in life? We all have been through this, and there are many ways to know, for example:

  1. Swot analysis to get to know yourself more.
  2. Track your interests.
  3. Listen to your inner voices.
  4. Trial and error, it’s totally okay to say yes to new adventures and roads – as long as you leave the road once you know it’s not yours.
  5. Search around you and increase your knowledge.
  6. Ask people who know you well what you are good at, sometimes we don’t see our qualifications like our close ones.

I promise you, as much as the road of finding your purpose, working for it and holding onto it is hard, it’s just as beautiful to wake up to a life you like no matter how hard it is. And having a plan for life and knowing that your efforts are leading you to where you belong means everything.

Once you know why you are here, you are unstoppable. And remember that no matter what path you choose, we need it and it’s important.