Adults Are Busy With Purpose

  • As adults, we're expected to have our lives figured out and become well-put-together people. We often find our calling in our 20s and 30s but not everyone does.
  • Thus we look for a purpose towards building our career or a family. While young adults may see it as an adventure worth taking, many adults feel the urgency to get their lives together.
  • But despite the struggles we face, the ones who find a sense of direction do tend to end up having happier, healthier, and longer lives.
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Purpose: A Journey To Experience

Everyone's purpose is different and where they stem from holds variety. We have no "one true purpose" but we are in charge of what it may be.

In spite of the truth it holds, purpose is something we can cultivate through conscious action and reflection, and it easily wax and wane throughout our lives.

John Leland

"Purpose is a practice. It is something continuously created, not sought for".

  • Many people who are in their mid-ages that still haven't found their purpose in life felt adrift. Only 30% of the people in this age group felt like they had a purpose.
  • Purpose for the middle-aged is like purpose for teens: to still draw in new skills, knowledge, and values that they've cultivated in their life time to start a new chapter.
  • Starting a new chapter in life is not always the sought out option, but it is what we should opt for since we already have the building blocks we needed.
  • As teens, we were often told to find our purpose in lives so that when we grow up to become adults, we'll be able to see ourselves grow with composure and grace.
  • We start to find our purpose during the times when we explore ourselves and understand what it is that we could be fighting for.
  • In order to understand what our purpose is, we have to have a strong sense of self by knowing our capabilities, skills, and interests so that we can align it while pursuing our purpose.

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Many seem to think that purpose comes from your unique gifts and sets you apart from other people. That is only partly true.

Meaningful goals that foster a sense of purpose are ones that can potentially change the lives of other people. It is why a crisis of meaning is often a symptom of isolation.

Purpose Is Essential

Purpose in life leads to greater well-being, hope and provides a sense of meaning in life.

The positive or negative experiences we have as children play an important role in our sense of purpose during our adult life.

Fluid vs. Crystallized intelligence

In the intelligence field, there is a distinction between:

  •  "fluid" intelligence (indexed by tests of abstract reasoning and pattern detection);
  •  "crystallized" intelligence (indexed by measures of vocabulary and general knowledge).

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