Even dogs need purpose and passion. Look at the faces of these dogs.
So, why are they so happy when they’re working so hard?
Because, they’re working so hard doing what they love to do! Because, they’re filled with the thrill of exertion. Because, they’re doing what they were made to do.
That’s life; raw, unleashed, energetic life!
Life… all life is at its most exuberant, energetic, and passionate when it’s exerting itself in dynamic growth and activity, service and contribution.
We are at our best when we’re working hard at work that matters to us. But if you haven’t yet experienced or tapped into that well of richness, don’t worry; we have some tips to help you discover your soul purpose and passion.
Do you ever think that maybe there’s more to life than what you have now — but you have no idea of what that might be or how to figure it out?
At this stage of our lives, many of us are asking that very question.
Many boomers search for a new calling after retirement.
Every one of us craves meaning in our life. We search for what will make us happy at each stage of our journey. But we often spend more time planning our vacations than planning our lives. That’s where purpose comes in: Your purpose, or calling, is a combination of your skills, passions and values. It’s your mission in life and identifying it can provide clues to a more satisfying one.
When you live a life you love, with people you love, doing the work that you love, you add years to your life and life to your years.
You are probably going to live a whole adult lifetime that wasn’t available to your parents and grandparents. Their life expectancy at birth was 50 years. We have two lifetimes now. Life 1 is what occurs before halftime, and Life 2 comes afterwards. Most people have a pretty good plan for Life 1, but few can see their way forward into Life 2.
Life 2 takes most people by surprise. Most people are unprepared and they are searching for meaning in mid-life.
How do Boomers successfully age with passion?
Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn kept their passion for life and for each other! You can see that in their eyes. This passion was alive on and off the stage!
What are you doing with your life?
It’s important to ask—and keep on asking—questions like this because as we journey through life the horizon changes and our goals shift as well.
If you’re looking toward retirement, consider that now it’s your time to do the work of your heart… to do work that you are passionate about and doing something that really matters to you.
If you’re not sure what that is, don’t worry. Once you’re on the journey, avenues of opportunities will open up as you find your way.
You don’t have to have it all figured out before you start.
Your soul leaves clues. Follow the breadcrumbs.
There are so very many opportunities in today’s connected world, and the world needs your years of experience and wisdom now more than ever. But in particular, the world needs more people who are filled with purpose, so pursue yours with passion!
I love this quote by Og Mandino:
So quickly we humans can forget how important it is to care, use kindness, understanding and love. How quickly we can wish for a reward only for ourselves. How quickly we can forget in a moment of anger, despair, or chaos just how important life is. Take the time to LOVE. Take the time to SHARE. Take the time to give THANKS. Take the time to use KINDNESS. Take the time to show Understanding. Take the time to allow yourself to be HUMAN. Take the time to allow others their right to be human. Take the time To hold an-others HAND. Take the time to speak the word LOVE. Take the time to show someone you CARE! Give a HUG. We have but one life. Life is a Gift. Lift your face to the sky and let your Heart sing!
So, what is your passion in your journey? My passion centers around music, theatre, writing and skiing. But we all can take a moment to re-read Og’s quote and add kindness, sharing, and love.
Join the discussion and let us know your purpose and passion.
As always, I am…a kinder Boomer Explorer.