Hello everyone this will be one of my first posts on here and I can not wait to be part of this!
I am a college student an very aware of everything that is going on our planet, sometimes it upsets me. I have been looking for my calling in life for a while now. Been advised by my brother, parents, do not forget about the society around me. Things that I have picked do make sense to me if I were going to follow the society norms. It is not me. Within few years my person has changed tremendously. I opened my mind and my eyes. I more and more find myself dreaming of being far away from the cars, the rush, the constant unsatisfaction and tiredness of everyone around me. I want my life to be meaningful, I wan to dedicated to others. Give all the love I have in me to others, share it, spread it, let it help me to get through anything. Is anyone out there feel the same? Would love to here from you.
@skyaj, Greetings, and Welcome! Oh yeah, have felt this way for quite a while now. You seem to see through the maya(illusion) of the superficial/artificial world that so many render importance to, at least in Western “civilization”. Go with your gut. The compassion for the suffering and wishing to serve them is a quite normal aspect of being able to “see”. Go out into your community and find opportunities to volunteer: nursing home, homeless shelter, any such that serves others. Such may assist your urge to serve and give you a real-life interaction with the suffering versus just understanding it and feeling it in your heart. GO with that heart, and never look back. Drop out of the ideas that you have to do this, must do that, look like this, work here, make this money, buy this, etc. Ha! That’s why you want to get away from the cars and hustle and bustle of noise and activity that means absolutely nothing. Take walks when you can – go to parks, beach, woods or whatever is available to you – go before sunrises and witness them. Move from your “Beingness” and not your head. Peace, Love & Light ~ ricky
Thank you for the warm welcoming! @s7221919, Video was great! :)
@rickyferdon, Thank you for the great advices. You described everything I feel like in your post! I will definitely look into volunteering in my area and once I awake that fire inside me I will take it further. Will keep you posted about it and my experiences. It is very motivating and inspiring knowing that there is more people like this. :)
@skyaj, I’m a Youth Worker in a remote indigenous community in Australia. Which I guess fits what you are describing, I had the same desires as you at one point.
I would suggest studying Community Development or Social Work at Uni. It will take you places and you can help as many people a long the way as you like. I have a career that allows me to see the world in a perspective a lot of people don’t get to see. After I’m finished here there are lots of jobs in many interesting places. It’s a pretty good way to earn your bread and butter, but it isn’t easy, you have be able to separate your ego from your work (important!)
@jakehay, Jake, ahh I am soo happy I signed into this website! Thank you for your suggestion, that is definitely something that interests me and will benefit me in my future plans! How is the indigenous community? It truly is my dream to work my way up to a place like that.
@skyaj, Not a problem, I’m glad it helped :)
It’s like another world. It’s one of the more remote communities in Australia, we’re about 16 hours driving from the nearest major city. There are only 120 people here and they maintain quite traditional belief systems. The culture shock took a lot of getting used to but it has been a very humbling experience. I see something everyday that blows my mind, both in nature and the culture! I’m the only Youth Worker here so it gets lonely but it’s worth it. I get to take the youths hunting goanna, fishing, swimming, camping. It’s a good gig!
I started in disability work, then mental health. I’ve with people out of jail and had some pretty hard days at work. I think the future is in Comm. Development though. There’s some pretty amazing ideas floating about with empowering cultures with sustainable food and energy development, it helps with a lot of social problems instantly.
@skyaj, I found out last night. My Purpose, that is…
I went through a long and troubling, quite dreadful experience. EVERY EMOTION. My girlfriend (serendipity) and I were talking for a while. I almost got killed twice.
Once by someone who thought they should kill me, but God said no as I spun in a circle behind a pole, and the second time just a few seconds before by 3 hellions trying to make a name for themselves.
I am Frosty. Death on fridays.
@skyaj, Surprisingly, I didn’t think too much about taking this job. It was the right time I think and I didn’t have any commitments back home. I was lucky in that sense, this isn’t the approach for everyone!
I did a degree in Social Science and my major was Policing. I was 17 when I started uni and I wanted to join the Police because I thought it would be a great way to be socially minded and help others. After doing a work placement with the Police I realised they weren’t very helpful to the community at all and I decided to pursue community service work. I don’t regret this decision at all lol.
I would recommend you major in something like Anthropology, Sociology, Criminology or Psychology. Any of the humanity sciences are great, depending on what sort of work you would like to do.
This is crazy. This is what I am doing at the moment Criminal Justice degree. I figured cops do a lot for the community and do help and sever. The sad part of it that the law enforcement is corrupted. It is all about the ticket right now. I am not for it and to change that seems a little overwhelming. I could earn Criminal Justice Associate degree and continue with Criminology or Social Science.
@skyaj, Whoa! Freaky!
It was the hardest decision I had to make because everyone in my life knew I wanted to join the police. I had to defend my decision to A LOT of people, but I knew if I didn’t I’d be questioning myself for the rest of my career. Having worked closely with the police since, it has only confirmed my belief. Many are doing the job for the power associated with it, and I know it sounds a little judgemental but they aren’t the most intelligent and professional lot also (racist opinions etc). There are some good police but I can honestly say the majority are not in it for the right reasons.
Surprisingly, the few police I have met where I am now are great and very community minded. They cover a lot of miles but they do an outstanding job of being friendly and interested in advancing the status of their communities.
How old are you and where are you from if you don’t mind me asking?
Yes, there is some pressure from people around me. Policing is in a way something I stand against of. Community policing needs be brought back in. I feel like people who join the law e. are those who want to feel the power over others. Although I agree with you there must be some good ones along the way. I do not want to live my life miserably and stuck in the career I don’t enjoy. We are on the same page. I am 21, and living in Chicago. @jakehay,
Yeah you are exactly right. Community based policing exists where I live at the moment, and it works! It’s so strange to see it in action after studying it for three years and not thinking it existed anymore.
Ah you have plenty of time. I didn’t start working in this industry until I was 21, I’m 25 now, it doesn’t take long at all to get into the area you want. I hope you can make a decision that you won’t regret, don’t worry about what the people around you say, do what YOU feel is right!
My purpose is to live, learn, grow, and change things.
If you think dedicating your life to others will help you get through anything, you’re gravely mistaken.
The only way to get through anything is to develop the skill and the will. If you want to get through anything, that’s what you should do. If you’d rather dedicate your life to communion, then do so, but don’t expect to get through… because you won’t be able.
Your purpose in life is yours only. It would be a shame to squander such a wonder.
@manimal, Hey, there is a little truth in what you’re saying. I want through my actions to influence others. I am a photographer and constantly coming up with new project. Of course I will have my own life, but a part of it as my health and financials let me I want to dedicate to others.
@skyaj, If you want to influence others, you’d be better off with full-on manipulation. Doing things just to influence is not love.
Coming up with new projects is great, but it will be for nought unless you follow through and complete them. When you come up with a good project, stick with it and get it done.
If you’re gonna let health and finances set the boundaries for your actions, then you’d better start in that end. Get your health and finances fixed and then you can help all you want without a care about those things. Much more efficient.
Multi-tasking is the killer of progress and results.
Hey guys :-) Thanks for the discussion. It is a powerful one. I’ve often found it challenging to remind myself of the powerful distinctions I’ve felt around my purpose. At times I feel it deeply, but often too that fades. So bringing myself back to feeling it regularly every day and sometimes several times throughout each day has been powerful.
Here is an example of a powerful Purpose Statement:
My life exactly! I am a college kid who sees college as a social norm. Why should I be here? Should I be in Africa? Should I open a cupcake shop? Should I spend every day loving the unlovable? Life is about the pursuit of happiness. In my life, I see happiness as a never-ending adventure and I don’t know where to turn next. I feel lost sometimes and know I’m called for a bigger purpose, but when and how do I take that leap?