One day, you're a kid and chasing only things that bring you joy. You don't care who's watching, who's judging, or what's "cool". Slowly over time that changes and the opinions of others mean more than anything screaming inside of you; that's a horrible tragedy.
I wrote a book called UNLEARN because I realized that the kid-version of us had it right the whole time, and we just layered a bunch of bullshit on top of them, suffocating them, so we could become what? A responsible adult, plugged into a world that will replace us the moment we outlive our usefulness.
We seek the approval of others because it feels good, but there are things that feel better, like a sense of purpose. I don't think two people reading this have the exact same purpose, and this life is a journey that slowly reveals it as we have new experiences. What are the things that make your eyes bright when you talk about them? Explore that deeper.
What makes you excited to jump out of bed?
If the answer is nothing, then change that answer to "I haven't figured it out yet, but I'll keep trying new things until my heart lets me know". What's your territory?
What's that thing you would still be excited to do, even if you were the last person on earth, and you would never have an audience again?
That thing is your purpose.
I don't know if you choose it, or if it's coded in your genes, it really doesn't matter if you're not digging to discover.
For those that have discovered some of this, please share your story in the comments.
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