I've been thinking a lot about contentment recently. I mentioned this in a comment on Lauren's blog, but basically, life post-school is not what you think it's going to be (surprise!) and when you don't have a solid plan (or when your solid plan doesn't come into action for a while), it's hard to feel like you have a real place. It's very easy to feel lost in between one world and the next without a big purpose, or even a set goal to drive head-first towards - and since Not Working has never been in my blood, my mind needs to constantly feel like I'm driving it to a tangible purpose. Does anyone else feel that way?
I'm fortunate to be surrounded by really amazing friends and family, whether in town or long-distance who never once let me feel alone, but it's been a good reminder in general that when you rely on yourself and your own abilities for that sense of purpose, you always feel empty -- and your mistakes are amplified to yourself (I am my worst critic!) because you were depending on your successes for happiness. My purpose is in glorifying the Creator, and when I focus on that, no matter how active or inactive my personal life may be, I am full.
I just need to remember that when I'm feeling empty. ;)
Have you struggled with finding a sense of purpose in a transition phase of life? How did you re-establish your footing?
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