Based on recent conversations with family, co-workers, and folks who have commented here, I'm starting to understand that the happiest people are the ones who just go out there and try something. They don't sit around and worry if it's their "life's purpose." They just try something they want to do, and if it doesn't work out, they move on and try something else. Through this process, they find out what gives them meaning and purpose.
Last night I read a quote that made me realize how important it is to be grateful for what we have right here, right now.
"My advice to you is ot to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate." -Thonton Wilder
Wow! A lot of wisdom in those words! I decided to write a little "poem" to sum up my realization. It isn't anything much, but it's my personal reminder to lighten up and enjoy what I have right now.
All day I carry worries
By the time I set them down
I've missed out on the fun!