I have interviewed a half dozen people for my Scheme of Things research. There is seems to be one common element that I see so far – parental support. Now, I do not know yet if the careers these people choose are their life purpose. Maybe talking to me is their life purpose. I do know that with their parents unconditional support, no matter how crazy the idea was, if the parents supported it and the child was truly passionate about it then it was always a win-win for everyone.
One lady talks of her ‘privileged degree’. This was when her parents paid for her to attain a music degree. While taking this music degree she was introduced to the concept of music therapy. She ended up not wanting to be so focused solely on music in her career and studied therapy in a more broad sense.
Our careers our life purpose? Caroline Myss, author of Sacred Contracts, says we have 12 archetypes. Perhaps all of those archetypes need to be filled. Maybe we have many purposes. I do not know. I do wish to find out.
My one advice do far in my research is to follow your child. See where they intuitively know where to go. It might seem crazy. It might even mean you will be snickered at by the occasional hoity-toity but persevere. Your child knows their direction. They may dance a little, waver from one thing to another, but it will all pieced together.
Picture compliments of Sherese Luneng