What do you think about people who seem to have it all together?
You know who I'm talking about. Or maybe not. To me, it's those people who know what they want to do with their life, those people who seem to know their purpose. Some of them discover it at a young age. My Wifey is one of those people. She knew at the age of 6 that she wanted to be a teacher; she also knew somewhere along the way that she wanted to be a stay-at-home mom. These roles were her dream. She didn't diverge from them at all. She became a teacher right after college and thankfully we're in a position where she can fulfill her other dream by staying at home with The Boy, future baby, and hopefully other fantastic Little Lisis (we'd love to have a small brood). She'd love to go back to teaching some day. All in all though, she loves her life and truly lives knowing she is fulfilling her purpose. People in this camp are also folk like Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and it seems a ton of my friends who are currently in their dream jobs or are writing books or crazy stuff like that.
Then there are those people who seem to discover their purpose later in life. These days they always seem to be bloggers. Countless people -- like Jeff Goins, Jon Acuff, Matt Walsh, Pioneer Woman or Perez Hilton to name a few -- have made entire careers off of blogging, almost coming out of nowhere. Perhaps it seems so prevalent to me because I'm trying to get a blog off the ground with an inane idea and read some of these blogger or because bloggers just get to write a lot more about how they "discovered their passion" by using, well, blogging. At any rate, there seem to be those wanderers who learn later in life what their purpose is and tend to go after it with dogged desire and zeal. I'm also thinking of folk like Bill Bright.
It's this sense of purpose -- not necessarily success, fame, or fortune, but purpose -- that makes me look at them and see people who have it all together. What do you think about people like this? Be like them? Punch them in the face? To be honest, I'm often envious.
I have a general sense of purpose in my existence; I'm far from fatalistic. At the core of my identity is one who is a child of God and I have grown more and more aware of how little achievement and success means in terms of identity. In other words, who I am is not defined by what I do. Most people, including those with a strong sense of purpose, who do seem to have it all together, do not get this.
However that may be true for me, I still find in myself a longing "to have it all together" in terms of what I do. Yes, I matter in the eyes of God, but will anything I accomplish have a lasting significance? When I look at those people who do have it all together, or seem to, I can answer "yes" for them from my perspective. My YES! is resounding for My Wifey and almost as much so for all the famous folk. There's a clarity, an understanding, a vision -- all of which I feel as though I lack because as of now there is nothing really "together" for me in terms of what I do.
It is either that, or I have yet to learn to be content with what is clearly in front of me as my purpose...
And that's a whole other can of worms.
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