An older woman once said to me, “I always thought that there would be a golden age between zits and wrinkles where my skin would be perfect and radiant without me having to work at it.” I laughed. Then one day I realized that I had this same attitude toward my life. I thought there would be a point where I would come through all the countless tests and trials and questions that helped build my life and I would slide easily into the land of milk and honey where I could lean back and have all my dreams fall into place without any further work on my part – perfect and radiant. Aaaaah, success.
It didn’t happen. It’s not going to happen.
Working towards your life’s purpose is tough. You give it everything – time, energy, finances, emotions, and more. You wonder if you’ll ever finally turn that corner where you feel you’re actually getting somewhere with it. So many times you want to give up, but you keep fighting. Then one day everything comes together, everything is set in motion, you’re where you’ve always wanted to be, you’re living the dream. If your life was an inspirational movie, this is where the music would swell, the camera would pan back, the credits would roll, and the audience would applaud.
But life purpose doesn’t wrap up so neatly.
You realize your grip isn’t quite as tight as you thought it was and you lose a chunk of your hard won dream and you ask yourself, “Did I miss a turn? Did I miss everything? Did I not do enough? Do I go back and start over? Do I keep moving on from here?” You feel as if your life is a tragic movie, the music clashing, the screen dimming, and the audience leaving silently.
You need to change the script. It’s in your hands.
You have to maintain the momentum to keep it going, which can be rougher than what it originally took to get you there. You realize that you’re not quite as satisfied as you were sure you were going to be and it’s time for your goals to expand a little more – which takes even more work.
You see, the work never really ends. But the goal is not to conquer your purpose in order to sit back and enjoy your life. The goal is to enjoy your life as you are working – hard – towards your purpose.