Finding Your True Purpose: A Journey of Triumphs and Tragedies

In life, our purpose often hides in our experiences. Our journey to discovering our purpose can feel like a tough ride through the highs and lows of life. But within these ups and downs lies the true discovery of who we are and what drives us.

Trials and Tribulations

Reflecting on my own journey for purpose, I realize it’s a journey rooted in my upbringing and the trials I faced. Raised in a culture where family ties were strong yet complex, I experienced a moment of displacement that made me question my identity. Returning to my parents after years with my grandparents, I found myself struggling to belong and to be accepted.

Amidst the trials I faced, I adopted a new identity to meet the expectations placed on me. I molded myself into the image of success defined by my mom and dad– an engineer, and a doctor. Yet, despite this achievement, I still felt unsure in life.

Searching for Authenticity

It wasn’t until I embraced my real identity, and the authenticity of my experiences, that I began to find the path to my true purpose. In each triumph and tragedy, I discovered some parts of my true calling that were waiting on me. Throughout the process, it didn’t make sense as to why I experienced the thing I did, but in the end, everything connected into one. 

The Life Map

I call it the “life map” – a roadmap of our past, the highs and lows that have shaped us into who we are today. By navigating these emotional trials, by healing the wounds that still linger, we unlock the door to our purpose. The moments you experience are pivotal to our personal self-discovery. Once you find that, you must start working on healing those pain points and noticing what brings you joy. 

As we embark on this journey of self-discovery, we must remember that our purpose extends beyond ourselves, and what we do always impacts someone else’s life. In serving others, and effecting positive change in the world, we fulfill our highest calling – to be doers of compassion.


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