Discovering That Your Life Has Purpose Is Your Truth

We all ask ourselves the question, “What was I put on this Earth to do?” However, you may be reading this and saying to yourself, “I’ve never asked that”, only you have, you just worded it differently. You might have said “What am I doing with my life?” or “What should I be doing?” or “Is this how I want to spend my life?”; essentially, it’s all the same. Everyday we are looking to discover our purpose.

I’ve pretty much spent the last few weeks trying to reshape my purpose. Recently it occurred to me that maybe I was born to lift people’s spirits through humour, encouraging words and vibrant images (illustrations and photography).

In the Amazon Rainforest, diversity is the name of the game with thousands of plants, insects, birds and animals all co-existing together. Sometimes in our own lives we have so many different things happening at once that it makes uncovering our purpose really difficult, but perhaps it can all co-exist.

When you’re sitting still (call if meditation if you wish), you’re giving yourself enough time to do some deep-thinking, to ask yourself some thought provoking questions outside of “I wonder what’s for lunch?”. I find the revelations will eventually come to you.

I’m confident it involves consistently changing direction and sometimes going with the wind or riding the biggest waves that will get us ashore. We must know where we want our lives to go and not the one marred in the status quo. Spend your days living for yourself. If you go by what society expects, you are ultimately living someone else’s life and that would be nothing more than living a lie.

Life’s short. Before you squint you’re old and grey and you will look back thinking how much better spent it could’ve been if only you took the time to find our purpose. Robert Frost’s poem, “The Road Not Taken” comes to mind. Have a gander.

The Road Not Taken poem by Robert Frost


How to Think like a Child and Be Successful as an Adult

My drawing of Carl Fredricksen from Up (2009 film).
My drawing of Carl Fredricksen from Up (2009 film).

There’s a saying I came across once, but never forgot — “you get to be a child once, but you can be childish forever”.

How many of you saw the Disney/Pixar animated film Up? The plot follows a retired balloon salesman Carl Fredricksen, 78-years-young, who dusts off an old childhood dream he once shared with his now deceased wife (Ellie) to explore a specific scenic vista in South America. Carl sets off on his adventure in a floating house attached to close to 20,000 balloons (give or take a few)!

I sometimes forget how much I wanted to go work for Disney Studios and become an animator and voice-over.

I sometimes forget how great it felt to sit down quietly and spend hours sketching, drawing, colouring and inking cartoon characters like the one I did above.

When we’re kids we seem so fearless. We conjured up the biggest dreams with our wild and overly-active imaginations. Where does it all go when we hit adulthood? Such a mystery.

These last few months I’ve taken time to try and get back to my roots. I was drawing once I could actually hold a pencil properly (age 3) and nearly 29 years later I still have that love affair.

No matter how advance technology gets with software such as Adobe Illustrator, there’s no substitution for the basics. Evolution is important in self-development, but not at the cost of losing the original model; yourself as a child.

Spend some time reflecting on what drove you as a child and try to bring that ambition into your current space. There’s absolutely any we can’t dream big! After all, the only one who can tell you what you can and cannot accomplish, is yourself.