I know I have.
I finally realize my purpose. It’s so simple. So simple I’ve missed the point, the hint, the clue several times. Now I’ve got it: The reason for living, my purpose.
Here it is: I tell stories.
Do you see how simple that is? So light, it flew right over my head; in one ear and out the other.
The lesson I learned by identifying this singular concept is to minimize complexity. In other words: Keep it Simple!
Over complicating anything causes confusion. The best teachers I know take complex concepts and simplify them to ensure the students can learn.
It was my frustrations that lead me to really seek out the answer to my dilemma. I knew what I liked to do but I didn’t feel I knew why I was born. My question was, and I asked it this way: “Okay, God, I give; what is it I am supposed to be doing here on Earth?”
A memory flashed in my mind of when I was a little girl retelling my cousin’s adventure as if I were there with him to some friends of ours.
I loved telling stories so much I would tell someone else’s story, which is actually what storytellers do. To be clear, I did not claim it was mine, I just told it.
I think about all of my interests and how they all relate back to storytelling.
The mediums I use to tell stories are writing (the obvious choice), dancing and still & motion photography.
With the writing medium, I include products such as [but not limited to] poetry, written skits, books, and scripts.
For still photography, I utilize both sides of the camera with modeling and taking event photos; and the same with motion photography by acting and producing.
I see dancing as storytelling in motion, even more so than film and television. Think about a ballet performance of The Nutcracker (http://youtu.be/clWKDT4TQIk); or consider a performance by Les Twins (http://youtu.be/_XLGYxeL1iQ).
Every piece of choreography, every move is the expression of the character showing full emotion of what the music conveys through rhythm and melody to tell the story. In dancing the dancer, at least for me, surrenders his or her limbs to the waves of sound to give a performance.
All these mediums are used to accomplish the purpose of telling stories. My hope is that the story is understandable and relatable with a lesson to boot.
Have you found your purpose? If so, what clues helped you? Share below.