At different stages of our lives, we often feel tired and irritated by our lifestyle. We might be doing a job or a business in which we are getting exorbitant remunerations and massive respect but one and the most important thing which we lack is ‘Job Satisfaction. This, my friends, is termed a mid-life crisis. A situation in which you might feel confused and exhausted, but as they say ‘the sun sets to rise again’ this situation will make you think about the purpose of your life, about the reason for your existence.
Most of us have watched the movie ‘3 idiots’. Do you remember the character Farhan which was played by R. Madhavan? He was aspiring was to become an Engineer but the greater purpose of his life was to become a wildlife photographer and hence with all his might he talked about this to his family and eventually became one. Hence different people have varied purposes in life which might not be visible by their behavior or lifestyle and many of them would also take time to realize it and some of them might deny it too but every person in this society has a purpose or a cause with which he/she has been sent in this world.
At times, when a person realizes his/her purpose they might be shocked and traumatized as this realization might be abstract or something which the person has never ever thought of earlier. But eventually, when a person works toward this realization he/she finds their goal. But as every coin has two faces, even this realization comes with red flags. The biggest hurdle amongst this might be society and its norms. Every individual is a part of the society where he/she is governed by the societal norms and codes which at times might not be logical and moral but is followed and thus it is upon you if you want to live in these barriers and stay ordinary or break these barriers to become extraordinary.
Many great revolutionaries like Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatama Gandhi, etc. had to go against the existing order to serve their purpose of life. The former freed the people of an oppressive religion thereby giving them new hope and the latter freed the people from a 150-year-old oppressive regime. They both were initially lawyers and did not know they would become legends but they kept on doing what they felt right and what made them happy and eventually made this world a better place. The only reason why I cited his example was to give you a context of the fact that when you might realize your purpose there will be a lot of hurdles in front of you which might stop you from achieving your purpose but one should not stop believing in it. I believe that every person here is with a motive and a reason, the Almighty has created you for a reason and the only means through which you can achieve salvation is by believing in that purpose and aspiring for it. If you take the example of Gautam Buddha or Siddharth Gautam, he was born as a king to a Kshatriya Family in Lumbini. Amidst this, there was a prophecy that he would walk on the path of salvation and disregard worldly pleasures as a result of which his father never allowed him to exit his kingdom and always kept him surrounded with worldly pleasures. But one day, he set out of his palace and saw the real world. He was so traumatized by the atrocities faced by the common man that he decided to give up all his pleasures and become a monk. This was the time when he believed in his purpose and as a result, gave this world a new religion with universal values.
Hence, whenever an individual works towards his/her purpose it is not only beneficial for the person but is beneficial for society as a whole. Therefore, I would like to conclude by stating that one must serve and believe in the purpose of life. To know what might be your purpose ask yourselves certain questions like, ‘Am I doing what I want to?’, ‘Is this giving me happiness and satisfaction?’ and at last ‘Is this beneficial for the society as a whole?’ Whatever you get as an answer to all of these questions is my friend, the purpose of your life. But the job does not get done here as after realizing the purpose you might have to go against all the odds in your life which might include your family, friends, and society. The journey might be hard because all of them won’t believe in it as you do and hence there will be misunderstandings. But if you keep your willpower strong and strive towards the goal you will achieve it and once you do everyone will believe in you. This cycle would only start when you embark on a journey of believing in the purpose of life. Following the purpose of your life might not give you enough remuneration or a big house but it will definitely give you something which is unique in itself that is Happiness, positivity, and satisfaction which are essentially needed to live a purposeful life.