I ask only because I read a blog entry of a friend who is searching for her direction in life. Or redirection. We can never assume, after all, that where we are, what we are doing or who we surround ourselves with is permanent.
Life is about change – at its core – not about permanence.
I was a teacher for twenty years. When I left, I can count on one hand the number of minutes it took for someone to ask,
“So what are you going to do now?”
As if emigrating to Canada, remarrying and focusing on my writing/blogging in addition to giving the stay at home mom thing a full-time go for the first time in the five years I’d been a mother wasn’t enough.
What are you going to do with your life?
So that it’s meaningful – in the eyes of the world – is the question behind that question.
But what if, maybe, I am doing what I am meant to do?
Given that nothing is permanent, and I can reasonably expect the circumstances of my life to change over the course of time, why couldn’t what I am doing … right now … be what I am meant to do? Right now.
And isn’t that enough?
Writing for blogs, studying yoga with an eye towards teaching a few classes – maybe having a studio one day – isn’t nothing. Though I recognize that like “having it all” or “having enough” it is an eye of the beholder thing.
Does anyone’s eye matter but mine in the assessment of what makes my life meaningful or gauging what I should be doing with my life?
I think not.
And a life’s “purpose” is more than what one does in terms of culture’s obsession with the idea of work and career (which, frankly, is the measuring stick in our Western world to an unhealthily large degree).
What if, what you are doing right now and where you are is “it”?