Sometimes I think I'm a little different. I can have a morbid mindset sometimes. When I was in high school, I often wondered about what life would be like at my school if I weren't there. I wasn't depressed, and didn't want to harm myself, I often just wondered morbid things.
Even after high school, I frequently wonder what life would be like without me and my purpose in life. Why I was put on this Earth and what my part is supposed to be. Obviously I am not the only one who wants to know their purpose.
This month for the Authenticate Challenge we are trying to find our life purpose. I found this months challenge very hard. I know that I do have a purpose, but I always resolved that I would know my purpose until I had completed it and my mission on this Earth was finished.
Anyway I answered the questions and am trying to see that I can be a helpful part of society. I am very hard on myself with the whole "functional member of society" bit. I feel like I'm not living up to my full potential, but I keep trying. So, now that I've put a little of my self-pity out there, I'll get back to the challenge questions for this month.
Question 1: Who are you? (The rolls I play [in no particular order]).
-Believer in God
Okay, so that wasn't too difficult. These are the people I have direct contact with and I can influence and who influence me. I think that I have a pretty good list of rolls.
Question 2: What do you know? (Things I know well enough to teach)
Some of them are a little more material than others, but hey... it's something I could teach others.
Question 3: Who are your people? (Groups you could teach/help)
-Children who need extra attention
This is where it started to get interesting for me. Who could I really teach?! How can I make a difference in anybodies world? Then I remembered when I was in high school, before the school year started, I went to Target with a few of my fellow cheerleaders to help out with Bright Beginnings. Bright Beginnings is a program sponsored by the YMCA and Target to help children from less fortunate families make sure they have all the supplies they need for school. Helping that little girl pick out a new backpack, school supplies, an outfit and new shoes meant so much to me and to her as well. I can make a difference in somebodies life if I just put myself out there and try.
Question 4: How do you change things? (How do people change as a result of your help)
-They may be happier (like that little girl from Bright Beginnings)
-Find a way to express themselves (through crafts/painting)
-Inspire them to help others -- pay it forward (if I can teach somebody to crochet, and in turn they crochet a scarf or blanket and give it to another person, I've not only changed one life, but two lives)
Like I said, I'm not really sure how this helps me to know my purpose in life. I honestly have always hoped that my purpose is to help make a scientific discovery for a disease that has yet to find a treatment, but my life may be meant to head in a completely different direction. As long as I can make others happy along the way, I will feel like I've had a very successful life.