When I was a 12 year old kid growing up in the ‘burbs I started to become haunted by the concept of finding my purpose. I can specifically remember being out in the front yard, looking around at all these other houses on my street and wondering “What was my point?” and “What was my place in all this?”. It wasn’t that I was unhappy or bored, it was just that there was this deep questioning that came from within. I knew that when it came to being alive, there had to be something bigger than what I could see in front of me.
Back then, not knowing my purpose was more intriguing than frustrating but as I got older this big question wouldn’t go away. In fact, as the years went by I almost felt like it was mocking me to the point that in my mid 40’s I came to a fork in the road. I could once and for all drop this “purpose” thing (and probably be miserable) or figure out some way to find it, once and for all.
I chose to seek and that led me right to where I am now.
In this episode of The Change Guru podcast I read a profound exercise from my book “How To Find Your Purpose After 40: Your Secret To Unlocking Your Unique Gift To The World” that lets you connect with your inner 12 year old. I know that sounds so “new-agey” but stick with me. If you take the time to go through it, you will be amazed at the direction and wisdom that comes from this young person. To this day, this exercise blows my mind and helps me know that “yes, I’m living my purpose”.
As mentioned in the podcast, if you like what you hear, please enjoy a sample chapter by clicking here. You can also buy the book here. And if you’d like to listen to another book I’ve written, check out this podcast where I read a first chapter of Be Your Own Change Guru: The Ultimate Women’s Guide For Thriving At Midlife.
After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to know what direction your 12 year old has given you and what action you took within the 24 hour period. Post your discovery below