If you think finding or pursuing your purpose will make you happy or love yourself.
You are mistaken.
True happiness and self-love are unconditional.
Regardless of what you do.
Regardless of what you work toward.
Regardless of anything but that you are you and are worthy.
If you’re not there yet, start there.
Learn to love yourself.
As you are.
Then figure out your purpose.
Now that that’s out of the way, there are myriad ways to figure out “your purpose”.
As with most personal problems, a little introspection is a great place to start.
What breaks your heart?
What makes you smile?
What about the world would you as a kid find most disappointing?
What is the one problem that, if solved, would make solving all other problems easier?
What are you uniquely in a position to do?
What are you really freaking good at?
What makes you forget to eat or go to the restroom?
What sucks, but that you would gladly keep doing?
What really pissed you off today?
What made you smile today?
Explore these questions.
Take them in any direction you’d like.
This is your purpose to pursue and live.
Take some pressure off of yourself.
You might never “find your purpose” with introspection alone.
You may find it most effectively by simply being and living.
Don’t worry about grandeur.
Or like your purpose has to be some big deal.
If you want to solve the world’s problems, that’s cool.
If you want to simply make the next person you see smile, that’s cool, too.
Hell, make yourself smile.
Be the best you can.
The best dad, mom, brother, sister, son, or daughter.
The best accountant, server, cashier, bartender, engineer, plumber, or mechanic.
The best at whatever it is that you want to do.
Do it with intention.
Your purpose may never be clear.
You may never “find” it.
It may change.
It’s yours alone to define.
You may even find that the pursuit is the purpose.
You are worthy of the best life.
You’ve got this.