A journey of discovery
Living a purpose-driven life means you set goals that you are passionate about. You seek to challenge yourself and your environment to create a life that you aspire to and to inspire others.
Growing up in the Eastern Cape I have always looked to identify my purpose in everything I did. Every decision was purpose-driven and goal-oriented − from being a student who spent break time and afternoons in the library because I was fascinated with the concept of knowledge to being a professional who invests in continued learning and development and how I could use that to better equip myself for the future I had envisioned.
Everything I do, I do with faith; I draw my purpose from my faith. I grew up deeply rooted in faith that teaches you to trust and believe that you are here for a reason, a purpose. It is this faith that has helped me stay on my path and never look back. In the Bible we learned about three men who were given talents, and one chose to hide his talent, was negligent and saw no value in his gift. We were all born with a purpose and called to be stewards of our unique talents.
I spent a greater part of my life thinking I have to have one specific thing that I called my purpose and was always frustrated because I felt I had to choose from the passions and interests I had as a youth and pursue one to live a purpose-driven life. It took abandoning some interests and passions and feeling like something was missing to realise that all the gifs, passions and interests within me are like puzzle pieces and I needed all of them to be nourished and cultivated to live the best version of who I am. The more I used all my talents, the more I aligned with my purpose and the more success I enjoyed in the ventures I undertook.
Discovering and understanding our life’s purpose is a journey. Our purpose is revealed to us in part and it is in this journey that we put together the pieces of what is within us that make us whole. To know and identify what ignites a fire within us is a vital part of this journey, but the spaces and people that inspire us are also an important part of the journey. To find your purpose in life is to become more of who you were meant to become, to do more of the things that make you feel alive and the thing you have great convictions about. The purpose is not finding the perfect job or the perfect partner but living the best version of you.
When I accepted this truth about my life’s purpose, it alleviated the pressure of always trying to measure up to the standards of others.
Find your purpose and manifest it.