There’s so much more to do in our lives than what we can ever afford to imagine. But given the amount of time we have to spend living here on Earth leaves us only a few choices of what we can focus on doing either for ourselves or for other people.
In my experience, there were a lot of times when I also pondered about the things that I really want to do. I wanted to be an IT professional because it’s what I’m passionate about. I wanted to be a online freelancer. I wanted to try becoming a firefighter. I wanted to go abroad and maybe find a chance to migrate there with my family, preferably in Canada or New Zealand. I wanted to scale mountains for as long as I have the strength to do so. I wanted to live a peaceful life, just like everybody else. But at the end of the day, I always find myself doing the thing that I always thought of leaving behind – teaching.
Then, realization started to kick in that passion isn’t everything. I know some people who are passionate about engineering who ended up as nurses. I have friends who are fond of arts but are now serving as police officers. See my point here? It’s not always about the path that you desire but the purpose you are given.
Maybe God didn’t really want me to leave my chosen profession. Maybe I can do more. Maybe I can serve the country better by helping our children learn. Maybe there’s more growth here than in any other job that I can think of. Maybe this is why I was born. Maybe this is who I really am, a teacher.
Now that I’m at the dawn of my fifth year in teaching, realization finally kicked in. I was finally able to fathom that between an ideal path and purpose lies an answer that I was seeking to find my whole life. That answer is love. The same love that became a reason why I married my beautiful wife. The same love for adventure that made me want to climb all the mountains out there. The same love for financial freedom and freedom of time that urged me to try becoming a full time freelancer. The very same love that I have struggled to find in teaching.
So when all the people around say that not everything in life is about love, I’ll beg to disagree this time around. Everything in life is all about love. The biggest irony for me, however, is that while I sometimes tend to lose patience in teaching children to love learning, life has been patient enough on teaching me how to love teaching.
So before I end this post, I’d like to leave these parting words with you my friends. If you’re someone like me who would’ve preferred on working on something else; in living a different kind of life, please take some time to reflect on why you ended up doing the thing you’re doing now. Is it what you want or is it what your purpose is really about?
If you’re at a point where you’re still finding the answer to my question, remember, the answer is love. Find love in what you do and you’ll find out what on Earth you are here for.
As for me, I may have failed to live my ideal path but I was able to find my own purpose in life, because of love. The love that isn’t always learned, but the love that can be found.
Have you found your purpose?