I don’t like The Purpose Driven Life much. I mean, it’s cool that the book has sold millions of copies and Rick Warren seems like an alright guy, but I never found myself getting into it. It’s a case of personal preference. I find the writing to be a little bland, straight forward, and full of clichés. I’m not so big on the whole cliché thing. Example: If you do not learn to master your money, money will become your master.
Still, I’ve got to admit, I agree with idea. There is a purpose to life.
But what is my purpose? Where am I going? A lot of people reach a point, this awakening where they hit a wall. One minute they were running through flowery fields like a child in spring then boom! They smash into this unforeseen blockade (not to be confused with an unforeseen kiss). Where did this come from?
The answer: It was always there, waiting.
A Glitch in the Matrix
A few years ago I was playing Sonic the Hedgehog on my Sega Genesis. I was a level or two from the end, loving every minute of it. Suddenly my friend Mitch walked across the room and bumped the console.
My game froze, Sonic hanging mid-air, game music stuck on the same note. I sat in horror as I realized I couldn’t push forward. I was stuck. With a lump of frustration in my throat, I reached forward and pressed the reset button. I may have also called Mitch a bad word…All the levels I had beaten, all of the extra lives I had earned were gone. I was so close. Now I didn’t even want to play the game. Stupid blue hedgehog.
And This is Life
A year and a half ago, I graduated college. Much like the aforementioned Sonic experience, my game froze. I knew where I was going, and then I everything stopped. I didn’t really want to talk about it, much less think about it. And so, this freeze frame continued.
I didn’t really live as much as I simply existed.
Of course people would ask where is your plan? Tell me about your life! And I wanted to, but I felt like my life was this blank page with nothing written on it. Meanwhile, I simply stared at it hoping it would magically be filled with something interesting.
I Am Not Alone
The more I talked to people around me, people who graduated college or high school or just left some job, I realized I was not alone. There was this group, this culture of people who had these dreams and passions but no outlet.
I would share with these people and they would share with me. Pity circles can be very enjoyable the first few times. Then you discover it is just that: a circle, continuously going round and round. So I decided to break the circle.
I Am a Writer
Seriously, I have a college degree to prove I am a writer. But more than that, I am writing. I am writing a book (two actually) and I try to jump at every other writing opportunity I had. But I needed more.
I needed to make my life’s passion part of my lifestyle.
And so, here is me writing a regular blog about doing something with my life. This is me filling up my blank page. I hope it can inspire you to do with same with whatever your purpose is. Because I think deep down, we all have an idea of what that purpose is. It’s put there in our very creation. Think about it.