“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” -Pablo Picasso
How do I establish excellence? What is the reason why I was born into a wealthy family in a safe country? Why was I born and what do I do with my life? As I became more independent in my life and started to become more aware of the world I live in, I gradually began to search for my purpose in life. Through various experiences and philosophies that I study, I began to materialize the answer to my question. And this is what I believe in; the importance of obtaining a purpose.
Purpose to me, is like a compass. We are all adventures in life; step by step, we walk through obstacles that stand in our way. As we walk down our own paths that intermingle, separate, and conjoin with each other, we may lose our track and find ourselves blinded with no where to go. Life, indeed, can bring about obstacles that surround us and stop us from reaching our maximum potential. In these moments of confusion and despair, I imagine and believe how strong we could be as individuals if we held a firm compass in our hands. What if I could have a compass to guide me in every step I take? What if I could uphold conviction in the direction I go? The power that we can embrace within. The love that we can share. With a compass, or in other words, a purpose, we can find our direction in life, thus bringing forth our greatest potential.
Being the oldest sibling of an immigrant family, the majority of my childhood was studying and taking care of my siblings. I had never had the chance to look into extra-curricular interests and I never encountered things I loved to do from the bottom of my heart. While others had hockey practice to attend, piano lessons to do, and sleepovers to go to, I found myself at home running errands to run a family alongside my mother. My life then was like an adventure without a compass-without being able to find a direction, I was taking meaningless steps, both forwards and backwards.
As of young age I realized through the untimely death of my uncle that we don’t have forever in this state of life. Anything that is born, will die. It was the shock of knowing that this expedition I was on had an absolute end. What did I want to accomplish in my venture? Where did I want to go from this plateau? Without any insight into what I wanted to do, I became worried that I was wasting time with my limited life; that I was not fulfilling my mission as a living being. I began my search for my own purpose, my compass, to find the role I have in the world today. How can one recognize true happiness without discovering their purpose and identity first?
One summer, my father surprised us with tickets to the production, Les Miserables. It was performing a tour across Canada and I was lucky enough to experience the greatness of theatre. The powerful art that they produced on stage took me on a grand expedition. Through rivers and mountains, across the fields and the beautiful skyline. The delusional hope. The endless pain. The joy of living. On stage, they had taken me around the world, inside out, with their music and their acting and their passion. Their grandeaur took me in their arms and gave me a tour of hope and dreams. Tears rolling from my eyes, trembling to stand up for the standing ovation, I realize… I have a dream. I too wanted to take people on a tour through hope and dreams. I wanted to be like them, giving purpose and a sense of life to countless people through love expresed by their immeasurable efforts to be on that stage.
I was given a dream. And my dream was to be the giver of dreams. It was a moment in my life where although small, I found in me a desire, a purpose, which fundamentally changed who I was and how I chose to live my life. I was inspired by what they had done. I was empowered by their gracious act. As a mere audience member, I found in me a compass, a motivation, a direction. My life had transformed from a mundane, confusing trail into a hopeful, lively escapade. I wanted to inspire and empower to give dreams to others.
With this new ambition I decided that it was a true necessity for me to indulge in everything I could with the greatest dedication to show what could be done. I realized that to inspire I must become a figure that gives attention to every detail of my life to improve. I realized that what I must do was to take up what others would deem as impossible and change that into success. With this purpose in my heart, I found ineffable energy flow through my body, mind, and soul. It drives my life state from pessimism to optimism. It allows me to obtain the conviction to accomplish what I set out to do and to venture into the unknown with my compass in my heart. This purpose drives me to do more, to do better, and to make all my ambitions come true in every aspect of my life.
I have a meaning.
My mission is to become an individual with great wisdom and power in order to share and give knowledge to people in need to empower their lives. My mission is to propagate world peace and the happiness of all people. With a compass, I am able to obtain this conviction in the steps I take in my life.
To uphold a purpose, is what I believe.