From the time we’re old enough to comprehend what this sentence means, we’re asked by literally almost everyone in our lives – “what do you want to be when you grow up?” As we get older, the pressure to answer this question becomes more and more real, because without an answer we might spend the formative years of adult lives wandering aimlessly through the world looking for direction.
And to that, I say, “great!”
Because as long as you know that you don’t know, you can start working toward actually figuring it out. It’s when you don’t know that you don’t know that life becomes unnecessarily difficult.
I think one of the biggest crimes against teenagers is the world demanding they have the entire rest of their lives planned out by the age of 18. Scientifically, especially for males, this is a huge problem because the part of the brain that says it’s not a good idea to try to jump from the roof into the swimming pool at 3am, doesn’t fully develop until age 25. Yet, that same person is supposed to be able to connect the dots to what society says will make them happy for the rest of their lives.
Seems a bit far fetched when it’s put in those terms, doesn’t it? Fact is, it’s true. Worse yet, once a decision IS made – most people live with it REGARDLESS of how they feel about it 5, 10, or even 25 years later!
“The two greatest days in a person’s life are the day they’re born and the day the discover why.” -Mark Twain
Have you ever given thought to the second part of that question? Have you ever spent time thinking about WHY you’re here and WHAT you’re here to do? For most people, the answer is no. We get caught in a routine and suddenly our lives control us instead of the other way around.
What if…your purpose in life is just to simply be happy?
Being a person of faith, that’s actually what the scripture tells us is God’s plan for our lives! In fact, I’m not sure I can think of a single belief system, spiritual or otherwise, that tells you to walk around unhappy…yet, so many people do.
I believe that as most people are trying to answer those questions, they tend to get away from their spiritual beliefs because of what they think God might ask them to do. Matthew Kelly also talks about this in his AMAZING book, “The Rhythm of Life.” He says that people stray from their God for fear that He (or She) would send them to the Congo as a missionary or off to some foreign land to do something they have no desire to do. I agree with the author in that this ideology is so far removed from what faith actually tells us, that we’re actually missing the point completely in most cases.
No matter your spiritual beliefs, you’re really here for one reason and one reason alone. You’re here to be the absolute best version of yourself that you can be. You were created with talents and abilities, dreams and desires, goals and aspirations for a reason.
That reason? So that you could accomplish all of them!
No matter where you are in the seasons of life, know that the dreams in your heart and the desires of your imagination exist for a reason. The key word there is: exist. A dream, thought, desire, goal, aspiration…all of these things are real and truly exist. The fact that they exist in our mind as a thought means that they are not only possible, but actually already exist for us in the future…IF…we stay connected to our true purpose and work to manifest them in our lives.
How much time have you actually spent working toward EVEN ONE of the dreams you wish you had for your life?
The universe has already committed to give you everything you will ever need to accomplish everything you can ever dream of if you’ll stay committed to it and take action in that faith!
You’re not too old. Too young. Too skinny. Too fat. Too uneducated. Too pretty. Too smart. Too ugly. Or any of the other ridiculous things that we tell ourselves in order to prevent us from potentially experiencing the pain of failure. The problem is those things also prevent us living the thrill of victory! For every reason you can’t do something, there are AT LEAST an equal number of reasons you can! It’s universal law, it HAS to exist. (The Law of Polarity)
Paul McCartney was 15 when John Lennon asked him to join a band.
Bill Gates was 19 when he cofounded Microsoft.
Coco Chanel was 38 when she introduced her perfume Chanel No. 5.
Ray Kroc was 52 when he bought out Mac and Dick McDonald and officially started McDonald’s.
Michelangelo was 72 when he designed the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
Frank Lloyd Wright was 98 when he completed his work on the Guggenheim Museum.
–Matthew Kelly, The Rhythm of Life
No matter how old or young or anything else you are…”your time” is simply whenever you decide for it to be.
Why not make it right now? The entire world is waiting for, and counting on, YOU!