When we grow up we tend to get told that the world is the way that it is and that our life should go as follows...go to school and get good grades, go to college, get a nice job, get married, have kids, save a little money to retire etc... I call BS!
Life doesn't have to be this way. We don't need to stick to the status quo of a universal plan. We can write our on lives, our on path. Instead of going through the motions of being lost and confused about what we want to do in life, let's take back control.
One way to do that is to get lost in your past.
We've heard the saying, "those who don't know their history are bound to repeat it". It's often talked about in the context of societal and world views. However, I believe if we don't know our past, we won't have the clarity to know what we should do with our future. Our past can help us find what our purpose.
There’s a viral video of a couple who—at the hands of a talented team of makeup artists—are made to look decades older than they actually are. As they “age” from 30 and beyond, they get a glimpse of what they might look in the future. For a brief moment, they get to experience what it might be like to grow old together, and what they’re life may have been like.
Imagine yourself at 90 years old, looking back on the life you’ve lived. You’re surrounded by mementos of the past. Photos line the walls, your shelves are filled with trinkets and souvenirs, and your heart is filled with memories of a life well lived. Now, use this information to write your autobiography.
Sometimes by looking back over your life, you gain a greater perspective on the life you actually want to live.
You see, chances are if you’re trying to discover what you’re meant to do in this world, there’s an equal chance that doing this work scares the shit out of you. Why? Because revisiting the past can be scary. Actually taking responsibility to live the life you want to live is scary.
Going back in your past is not about blame or pointing the finger at anyone or anything...including yourself. It’s about understanding the root of your belief system and to ask yourself, “why aren’t I living this life?” After all, it’s never too late.
Want to learn more about this process? Get a copy of my Discover Your Purpose Workbook. In addition to the autobiography exercise, there are additional tools you can use. It's all designed to help you learn what you're meant to do in this world.
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