Purpose is the reason for which something exists.
I wonder how many others struggle with having a sense of purpose. I didn’t consciously think about this question until fairly recently, but I believe it’s been in the back of my mind for a very long time.
Cancer changed the way I see many things.
Until diagnosed, I was content with my life. At least that’s what I told myself. After all, most of us are raised to be grateful for what we have, right? Two points became crystal-clear to me during my fight with the big C:
- Being content does not mean you can’t have dreams.
- Having dreams does not mean you are not grateful for what you have.
Our dreams keep us moving. They challenge us to be better versions of ourselves. Since cancer, some of my dreams have changed. Others have become more insistent. I still have dreams for just me, dreams some people would consider selfish, but the ones that tug at my heart and mind now involve others.
Achieving my dreams drive me closer to fulfilling my purpose whether I can fully articulate that purpose or not.
I think one of the reasons I landed in the Human Resources field, and remain here, is that I enjoy helping others. It fills me with a sense of happiness that is intoxicating. Despite days that make me feel like a complete villain, there are many more good moments than bad.
I wonder how many people in the HR field have a similar drive to help others. Do you?