What Is The Purpose of Life
Updated: Mar 28, 2019
The quest for finding purpose often feels like failure.
One thing that comes up is shame. “Why can’t I figure it out like everybody else?”
There is also guilt. “I have a good life. Why don’t I feel satisfied?”
And fear of ridicule. “I don’t want to be seen as someone who is always complaining.”
One practical approach to dealing with feeling a lack of purpose is to genuinely accept the fact that things change.
A pursuit that made sense X years ago, may very well no longer make sense. The very thing we were passionate about back then is now unfulfilling. This isn’t good or bad, it’s just the result of the changing nature of things. It’s what happens naturally as we grow and evolve.
But human nature is such that it’s hard to let go.
In my own life I’ve struggled to move on, even after years of feeling unfulfilled. For example, I was married to the wrong person, but it took years to decide to divorce because I was emotionally invested in the vision of a life together forever.
In my career, I was very fulfilled early on. But later, in my 40’s, when I found less meaning in my work, it was gut wrenching to walk away from something I had showed up for, and given my best to, day after day, over the course of 20 years.
But as difficult as it was, I have no regrets about either decision to move on. In both cases, life brought me what I needed to experience purpose in life once again.
If you are wondering what is the purpose of life, consider the possibility that these thoughts are with you now as a beacon of change. Can you welcome change into your life, rather than fighting with it? How are you evolving? What do you need to let go of?
About the Author
Diana Calvo is a certified coach who helps people get unstuck and transform their day-to-day experience of work and life. After 20 years successfully climbing the corporate ladder, Diana experienced her own journey of healing and awakening. She discovered her true calling to guide others on their journey out of suffering and into a life of purpose and joy. Diana left the corporate world to start her own coaching business. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her dog Joey and a beautiful view of the mountains. She works with clients across the globe.