What do you want to do with your life? Who do you want to be? What do you want to be able to do? What do you want to contribute? Who do you want to help?
If you’ve ask yourself that question, what would your answer be? What if you are to become honest to yourself? Tell yourself the truth and listen to who you are. What answers are you going to get?
Do you want to be a teacher? To teach kids not just about a subject that a curriculum asks you to teach. But to teach children on how to become better people and inspire learning? Do you want to be an engineer, wanting to build things for other people to use? Or do you want to be an architect? To design revolutionary structures that amaze other people? What do you want to do with your life?
For far too many years, we’ve tried to shut ourselves down. We listened to the advice given by our friends, peer groups, parents and teachers about who we're supposed to be. And because acceptance is a primary need, we stop listening to our on selves. But if you try to shut all outside noises in your life, you will start to hear that still, small voice inside you saying who you want to be.
“An unexamined life is a life not worth living.” – Aristotle
What if one day, you isolate yourself from the noises and all the buzzes around you? And tune into the voice inside you that tells you that you may not be in the right place. Or that you may need to change your job. Or your course or that you have discovered a passion that you want to pursue. You cover it up with reasons and excuses that may be logical. But you know isn’t true at all, what will that voice tell you? And would you have the courage to listen to you? Or will you continue to quiet that voice that’s pointing you to a direction?
We are here for a reason. God made us in His image for a purpose. And you should use the gift of life to uncover why you’re here and to live that purpose. And I am pretty sure that that purpose is to enrich lives of other people and to make the world a better place.
If you are by far just existing, coasting through life as if you have no purpose, you are not alone. Billions of people do that. But just because that’s what almost everybody else does, doesn’t mean that you have to do it as well. Following the wrong crowd doesn’t help you discover what you’re in here for.
If you are spending your life and not take care of yourself, if you give yourself away in addiction, then you are not enriching lives. Not others. And especially, not yours. And I am pretty sure that if you are trying to indulge yourself into addiction, there is something inside you that you are trying to silence. Something inside that tells you that you are doing something wrong. And that you are worth more than who you are at the moment. You are just afraid to prove yourself right and live out your purpose.
We all have heard stories of people who have all the reasons to hate life. They experienced rape as a child, abused, grew up in a broken family or tragedies struck their life. But they made it out not just fine. They made a difference to the lives of others as well. Never did they complain. They didn’t blame. But they turned those experiences, those emotions and made something great out of it. Something that inspires the human race and helps it move forward.
When I read the book Follow Your Heart by Andrew Matthews, there was one question that struck my mind. “Why not you?” People from all walks of life uncovered what they wanted to do with their life. They followed their heart and became more successful than they ever imagined. And no, success isn’t just measured by how much money you have in the bank. Or how many assets you have making money for you, or how many fancy material things you have to show the world. No. Although that may be one way to measure how well you are doing in this life, but there are other things as well. I think a wider measurement and something that matters is the number of people have you touched in this lifetime. How many people have you affected? And how many lives have found joy and blessed because of your presence?
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So I dare ask the hard question: What do you want to do with your life? And if you know what you want to do, how much of it are you doing right now? Because I am pretty sure that when you find the answer, it's going to please you. When you find the purpose of why you are here, you won’t have the time to get addicted to things that destroy you. You’ll be busy touching others with your gift and making a difference in the world. Know thyself. And be thyself.
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Live an inspired life,
Jeric C. Timbang
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