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Do you feel like you have a purpose?
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Whenever I have to make decisions about my future, for example, one I had to make no too long ago, what I want to study at University, I start to think about where I want to be in the future, what I want to do, what I want to be, who I want to be with, and ultimately, I always end up feeling like there is no true purpose in life. I mean, to be honest, I don't really want to study a specific course, I don't have a plan, nor do I have a 'dream' so to speak, which leaves me with this empty feeling that my life is currently at a standstill, like I'm just waiting until I figure out what it is I really want to do with my life, like I have no purpose, no bigger picture that I'm working towards.

So what are your thoughts? Do you feel like you have purpose? Have you ever felt like you don't?
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Sometimes I feel that my purpose in life is not to die at a young age, if that makes any sense.
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Sometimes people take longer to figure out what it is they want to do, and often that goal changes over time; it's a common enough occurrence. Nothing wrong with it, as long as you keep moving - at least laterally, if not forward. I find that even the lateral shifts can open up new opportunities. Life's what happens when you make plans, and it keeps happening even when you don't.

My life took plenty of unexpected directions before I ended up doing what I am now (as-yet-unpublished board game designer.) I spent many years pursuing acting, studying history with the intent to teach, and neither ended up working out in the end. I dabbled in numerous other fields as well, just to see what might click with me; you might benefit from doing the same.

I've always held the overall goal of "Making the world a little better off than when I entered it." but the criteria and scope for that were only to be defined at the end of my life. Only then will I know if I have met that goal. Everything else I've done or wanted to accomplish just sort of fits around that core goal, in its own way. Call it a purpose, if you like; it's what drives me.
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Hmmm... I currently don't have a specific career/life goal/dream/purpose in mind right now. I was in the same position as you were, trying to figure out everything, feeling like nothings coming together, but I guess all I can say is that sometimes with things like a 'purpose' it won't have observable results. What I'm trying to say is that right now doesn't have to be the time for me to figure all of that out (I know you've probably heard that all before) but as a college student now prior to the transition I was so worried about what I wanted to major in, where I want to go, what I want to do in the future and I still don't know. What I do know is that the choices I make now lead me to the choices/options I'll have in the future. So here I am in college just doing my Liberals, because I want to be able to move forward (academically) before I move forward and discover my purpose in life later. It does feel like I haven't done anything or achieved anything at times but I guess I can kind of see myself moving forward slowly. I can't really see whats ahead, but I still keep moving forward. ^_^
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Im currently there right now! And my parents are just forcing me choose something asking me every shingle annoying fracking day what do you want to be? Whats your career choice blah blah blah its literally making me want to drive over a cliff! cuz I really dont frickin know!
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maj666 wrote:

Im currently there right now! And my parents are just forcing me choose something asking me every shingle annoying fracking day what do you want to be? Whats your career choice blah blah blah its literally making me want to drive over a cliff! cuz I really dont frickin know!


It sucks, it really does, and I hope you find something that does work for you, however long it may take. I certainly didn't have it figured out by the time I was done with college, much less high school. Hell, I only started working on this game earlier this year. I know I'm not the only one who had a career change in their thirties.
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I dont think we all have just one purpose, maybe it changes as you walk the path? I think as long as we are alive we can have something we live for. Like they say, it's not about the destination, it is about the journey
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My purpose is to be the purpose itself.
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Short answer... no.

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For as long as I can remember I've wanted to be a game designer. Odd thing is though that I hate math, I'm not bad at it just don't like doing it, and I can't draw all that well either. But I have this eye for design when it comes to video games that makes my friends always come to me when they need a consultant for the subject. My parents don't support it at all saying that they're not going to pay for me to play video games (that's how they see game design anyways). So I've never gotten a computer, or design software from them. The school district I've gone to since kindergarden has always scoffed at the idea as well. Plus I get bored easily. I wouldn't say I have ADD or anything of the sort, just nothing holds my attention. So after I look at all that I always think "Huh.. is this really where I'm supposed to be headed". But then I think about how my one dream in life is to give people the world that I've been steadily crafting in the recesses of my head all. How I want to introduce a new and immersible virtual world unlike any on the market today where people whom are just as bored with reality as I am can find wonder and excitement. I want to give the world that same feeling I had when I first stepped in to the world of online gaming. But alas everyone I know around here whom has an interest in game development can never see eye to eye with me, or they're just on a different wavelength entirely and I have to baby sit them or else everything just goes wrong. So who knows if it is my true purpose, either way you just have to keep on going cause time doesn't stop for anyone.
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To suffer.
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Sometimes. I often find myself driven to things that make me happy to the point of I want to "complete" those tasks if that makes sense. Other than that, I'm not quite sure.
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Spazticus wrote:


maj666 wrote:

Im currently there right now! And my parents are just forcing me choose something asking me every shingle annoying fracking day what do you want to be? Whats your career choice blah blah blah its literally making me want to drive over a cliff! cuz I really dont frickin know!


It sucks, it really does, and I hope you find something that does work for you, however long it may take. I certainly didn't have it figured out by the time I was done with college, much less high school. Hell, I only started working on this game earlier this year. I know I'm not the only one who had a career change in their thirties.


Wow really? If your in your thirties I though you'd already have your set goal the exact path you want to take... but changing what you want to do working on games thats pretty cool man!
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I personally believe that everyone has a purpose. For some, it just takes a little longer for them to realize that purpose. Everyone, obviously, has the choice to pursue that purpose or not as well.
So yes, I believe that I have a purpose. When I was younger I wasn't so sure about it but as time went on and I grew older & had various experiences, it all became clear to me.
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maj666 wrote:

Wow really? If your in your thirties I though you'd already have your set goal the exact path you want to take... but changing what you want to do working on games thats pretty cool man!


Yeppers. I work for myself, decide my own hours, and that's great. But I'm doing this all on a shoestring budget, and at a financial loss, at least initially. It comes with the territory, though. Then again, that's part of the adventure of it. If I'm successful, I can say I accomplished the improbable. If not, then it's a valuable experience I won't ever regret. I'll be happy if I make any profit at all.

For some people, they have it all worked out early on; and hey, if they're happy with it, more power to them. Then again, some people stick with a career for 10-15 years before deciding to switch to something new. I've known people in their forties who were still unsure of where they ultimately wanted to be, but they just kept trucking along until they figured it out.

My dad's always had this saying, which I took to heart. "Do what you love, then find a way for you to get paid to keep doing it." He would sometimes add, "It's still a job, and your hard work matters, but your passion for it will make every success more meaningful."
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