Having a Purpose in Your Life
For the past two years I have been preparing myself to do the “Long Walk”, that is the Pilgrimage to Compostela del Santiago in Spain, a 500 mile solo journey by foot.
Even though I have not even left to do the walk yet, I recognize how important it has been for me to have this purpose in my life.
Like it is for everyone at various times in their lives, my personal life has been extremely challenging for the past several years. What I have realized through the process of deciding and preparing to do my journey is that people need to have a focus in their lives that means something to them in order to both have some quality in their lives and to have a tool to pull them forward out of the muck and mire of their own minds.
Without something to live for and look forward to, it is really easy for the mind to fall into default mode. This space is usually not the best place for out mental health. The longer we live without choosing a purpose to direct our lives to, the deeper we will find ourselves getting caught up in the darkness.
It does not matter what you choose to direct your mind to, whether it is to change your life situation by changing your living circumstances, changing jobs or taking up a new hobby, finding and immersing yourself into a purpose that means something to you will help you to create a happier more fulfilling life.
A word of caution though, make sure that what you choose to do is attainable for you. The first step after choosing what you are going to do is to create a plan that will easily allow and support your achieving a successful outcome. Then enjoy the ride!