When I graduated from college with a degree in English Literature, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life.
So I started scouring the newspaper (the way you found jobs back in the day) for some kind of gainful employment.
One of the first jobs that intrigued me was a “special events coordinator” for a local department store.
Although I didn't know what it entailed, it sounded just up my alley. Once I did learn what it involved (setting up promotions, fashion shows, and media relations), I thought it was the perfect job for me.
Over time, I grew into the job and did quite well at it. After a few years, I was offered a public relations management job with another chain of department stores. This chain promoted me to an even bigger job in New York, and eventually I created my own consultancy.
As a young woman, I found the fashion PR world an exciting place, and I was passionate about my work. But as I got older, I felt more and more like something was missing.
One day I caught myself typing the words, “White is the most important statement this season.” It struck me how ridiculous those words were.
Ask people who are suffering or lonely or not making ends meet if white is their most important statement, and you might get their statement -- peppered with some choice words. My work began to feel ridiculous and superficial.
As I matured and refined my value system, a career promoting other people’s goods and services wasn’t meaningful to me. In fact, it had come to feel quite empty.
If you are struggling to figure out what to do with your life, if your job has grown stale, or you can't figure out your passion, you might consider first seeking out your life purpose.
Having a purpose, something that gives your work intention and meaning, adds longevity and fulfillment to whatever passion you pursue. In fact, having a purpose can direct you toward your life passion.