by Adam Winnicky
Age 49. New Smyrna Beach, FL
I applaud you for your recent column, “What is your purpose?” As a 49 year old sales manager, who spends most of my waking hours writing business related emails, participating in marathon like conference calls, and furnishing Excel spreadsheets to the corporate machine, such inquiries are not surprisingly, conspicuously absent and purposely avoided. Amongst a few close personal friends however, this subject is common, and discussed quite frequently. Unfortunately, such conversations often end with an inconclusive consensus as to what to do next, and more than a few empty bottles of beer and wine.
I am of the belief that there are many individuals that find such introspection and self- evaluation a bit too complex or challenging to answer, especially if one is not predisposed to being a “reflective” person.
Perhaps this question is avoided because many of us may not be able to furnish a satisfying answer. Many people I encounter, particularly those in the corporate environment, would prefer to keep running on the Hamster wheel, afraid to get off, for fear that they may lose their own pointless race to nowhere. For those of us who refuse to become Hamsters, these questions are often the root cause of insomnia.
If this topic is to be explored properly and purposefully, perhaps it is best done in a sober, solitary, and honestly adventurous state of mind, rather than after the third cocktail amongst people in your comfort zone. IF THIS TOPIC IS TO BE EXPLORED PROPERLY AND PURPOSEFULLY, PERHAPS IT IS BEST DONE IN A SOBER, SOLITARY, AND HONESTLY ADVENTUROUS STATE OF MIND
IF THIS TOPIC IS TO BE EXPLORED PROPERLY AND PURPOSEFULLY, PERHAPS IT IS BEST DONE IN A SOBER, SOLITARY, AND HONESTLY ADVENTUROUS STATE OF MIND
Some may dismiss this exercise as a futile exploration to explain what may very well be unknowable or even unachievable. Ultimately though, the examination of one’s own purpose in life is a moral obligation, as it demands all of us to question whether or not the path we are following is a straight line to a specific destination, or a large oval leading you back to the same place you started.
From my own personal perspective, I do not believe that we are all hard wired to find a specific purpose in our life. One should consider themselves fortunate just to discover a direction that they feel content to explore. I am reminded of a quote which graced the Denver Post…. “There is no hope for the satisfied man”. My interpretation of this quote is that one should strive to maintain curiosity and a passionate, unrelenting quest for knowledge. This is a blueprint for a life well lived.