I have the power to choose my purposeIs it possible to have too much choice? The saying has always been that you can’t get too much of a good thing, but when it comes to choice, perhaps this is where we have to disagree.

In today’s day and age, we as young people are presented with a million choices each day. We can choose from a multitude of jobs, degrees, careers, hobbies and even partners. Technology has made things so simple and accessible that we are literally able to be and do anything we want. But how does this help us find our purpose?

In a world where I can try anything from rocket science to synchronised swimming with the click of a button, how am I to truly find where I belong? In a world where new partners are simply a swipe away, how am I to truly find my person? In a world where money is the only way to measure success, how am I to truly find my happiness?

We as the youth are losing focus because we are losing touch with ourselves. To find one’s purpose requires a thorough knowledge of oneself and this knowledge cannot be found on the other side of the cell phone screen looking at an edited picture of Susan’s lunch, I promise you that.

We find ourselves in the struggle. We get to know ourselves best when that is all we have.  We learn what we are capable of and what matters most to us in this world. The young man I wrote about in my previous blog post once said to me, “When you truly hit rock bottom, everything becomes very clear and simple. You know who you are and what you are willing to do.” These are words that will never leave me.

At the age of 26, I am only now beginning to see and understand my purpose. I have a solid plan of action. And although the people around you will be able to offer suggestion and guidance by pointing out strengths and talents they see within you, the true motivation- the ultimate choice- has to come from inside yourself.

Choose to stay away from easy. If something is easy, it cannot possibly be worth having. Shallow pursuits will only clutter your perspective and provide temporary pleasure and satisfaction. Choose the hard road, the one that requires you to learn the most difficult lessons about yourself: Who you are as a person and where you fit into society.

Everyone has something to give. Everyone has a purpose. The choice is and always has been yours.