I have been thinking about what it means to not have a specific purpose and I realized that when we open up to the idea, we can have whatever purpose we choose. Sure, I still enjoy helping people with personal growth, but I’ve also realized that I have been missing something in my life…something that I stepped away from a couple of years ago.
I used to work with children. I had been certified as a preschool teacher, worked with children in a Latch Key/Summer Camp program (that was a blast), and ran a preschool. I also worked as a nanny for two boys for over a year. And what about those “jobs”? I loved each one. Sure, they pay wasn’t great, but I enjoyed seeing the children develop, explore and learn about life and themselves. I loved playing with the children (you should see what I can do with a tub of Legos LOL).
The children I was a nanny for grew older and they didn’t need me at their house anymore. I went back to the preschool for a while, but I couldn’t financially pull it off. I think I decided that having a career must be better. I didn’t really see working with kids as a career back then I guess, maybe because of the money. My bills increased and so I walked away.
I do not regret the choice to venture into other areas of employment, not at all. But over the past few months I have realized how much helping children brightens my life. My stepson has reminded me of how incredibly talented I am when it comes to children. And in doing so, reminded me of my passion.
I have decided to open up to the wonderful opportunity of working with children again and I am excited to see what might transpire. I am open to seeing what shows up, and when I think about the possibilities, I can’t help but smile. Who knew that letting go of having to have a purpose would bring new and/or renewed passion for a purpose once forgotten?