“I am Hannah.
I’m 22-years-old and at the moment I’m a full-time student studying two bachelor degrees, though I’m in the middle of a teaching internship at the moment. I work part-time as a makeup artist. It’s exhausting but I’m doing what I love and that is what’s important, right? Right?
Now, don’t judge me, but when asked about my life purpose I may have hit up Google… And I have to say that Google disappointed me. If the purpose of life is God or spiritual fulfilment, then what about people who don’t believe in a higher being or spirituality? Is one person’s purpose in life lesser or grander than another’s?
“a spark need only last a second to ignite an inferno. Take that chance.”
Suggesting that everyone has the same life purpose negates that sense of individuality that our world has struggled with since we decided that chicken scratches could form letters and words. I don’t think everyone has the same purpose, the same driving force behind their endgame.
I do think that most people at the end of the day just want to live a good life, spiritual or otherwise. At the same time however, everyone’s definition of a ‘good life’ varies.
To suggest that everyone has the same purpose in life is like saying we all have the same purpose for…um…eating a medium-rare steak. (Yeah, that metaphor will do.) Some eat it because they have an iron deficiency, some eat it because that’s all they’ve ever known, and others will send it back to the kitchen because it didn’t meet their standards and they prefer their steak to be well done. Others still will choose to not eat the steak for religious or ethical reasons.
Or maybe they just don’t feel like steak today…?
Personally, I’m pescetarian and haven’t eaten steak since I was about ten-years-old. How we direct and find purpose in our lives is very dependent on our personal beliefs. I don’t know if I have a particular purpose in life, at least not one that can be found in a Google search. I do what I do because I love it and because I’m able to make people, and myself, smile while doing it.
About finding adventure in every day… Are we talking about the kind of adventure that requires a red cape or the kind that involves little magical moments and seizing life for all it’s worth? Because I look pretty good in a cape, but I’m more familiar with the latter.
This sounds silly, but it really is the little things. I know I’ve probably already overstated this, but it’s true. It’s those little things that spice your day with adventure, give your routine a little shake.
Walk to the next bus stop instead of getting on from your usual corner. Strike up a conversation with the barista as you wait impatiently for your caffeine fix, and maybe add an extra sugar while you’re at it. You’re living dangerously!
“smile while doing it…”
Pick up a book you’ve been meaning to read, or treat yourself to a trip to the cinema or theatre. Have dessert for dinner. Hold your heart in your hand and ask that person out, you know who I’m talking about. Start a blog (hey, it worked for me!) or a new class.
Lie on your back and see the world from a different point of view. Set up a coffee date with a friend to look forward to. It’s the little things that make life magic.
On a slightly larger scale, one of my favourite things to do is to let myself get lost in the city I’m in. I don’t do it nearly often enough, but when I do I always stumble across something extraordinary. It’s about embracing the spirit of adventure, that potential of possibility and magic. It’s not a 24/7 thing, but a spark need only last a second to ignite an inferno. Take that chance.