Purpose

I hate feeling like I have nothing of value to say. I can vent about the nasty divorce I am going through or complain about how mind numbingly bored I am every day at work, but what is that really good for?

I suppose writing here is a healthy outlet for the many frustrations in my life; a safe space to just get it ALL out. As a reader, though, what good does this do for you? Is it for sympathy, empathy, comfort in knowing you aren’t alone; maybe. Although I am going through some very engaging life challenges at the moment, it is never my goal to be some base form of morose entertainment.

 I have always had this fundamental presumption that any content that I write should serve some real purpose. So I ask, what can I do for you and in return for myself through writing? My experience can serve as a cautionary tale. My growth can serve as a guide for someone else. My failures can highlight some of the many pitfalls to watch out for in life. But is this enough? I don’t feel like it is.

Feeling like I have no control over my life during this divorce and having no real passion for what I do 40 hours a week; I am left with a giant hole to fill. I try to take care of myself and my son. We eat healthy, exercise, and usually get enough sleep. I see a counselor and a psychiatrist to keep myself mentally healthy. Still, there is this gaping hole in my life. It is a painful darkness that leaves me agitated, lost, and hopeless.

If AA taught me anything, it was that this hole is best filled with “God.” I am not religious, but the concept of spirituality in a very basic sense is intriguing to me. Finding a sense of self and purpose in a realm of pure energy and good intention sounds great. But how the hell do you do that?

AA lesson # 2, helping others helps you. So, I want to volunteer and help other people or animals or the environment, but when do I have time for that? I’m up at 6:30 am with my always way too energetic three-year-old, breakfast, get dressed, drop him off at daycare, and then get to work. I get to squirm for 8 hours of boredom. By the time 5 pm comes around, I’m exhausted and just want to curl up in bed. Instead, I drive in traffic, pick up the little man, go home, figure out dinner, bath time, maybe a few minutes to mess around on my guitar, then bed time for the kiddo. He’s out by 8 pm, and I’m lucky if I make it to 9 pm before I call it a night.

Lack of time, lack of energy, lack of money, lack of purpose; no wonder I’m having a hard time finding joy, spirituality, and satisfaction in my life. I’d love to get out of the office setting. I’m considering instructing Yoga classes, but certification is costly and time consuming. I got certified as a personal trainer about 4 years ago, but found out I was pregnant the same night. Since then I have lost interest in that path. Nutrition and wellness coaches are becoming popular career paths, but again, it is time consuming and costly to get certified. So, I’m left theoretically pulling out my hair.

Perhaps, I need a life coach. Or maybe I just need to stop thinking about myself so much and start giving the little free time I do have to others. The only thing I do know for certain is that I am need of a complete life redirect. So, one way or another, I have to find a way to make it happen.

4 thoughts on “Purpose

  1. You are brave girl. Like your fighting and positive spirit. All power to you. And your blogs are very engaging and encouraging account to read

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  2. I think when we have children before we accomplish our goals (career or otherwise) it dramatically changes the mold of our dreams and goals. I wanted to be a Meteorologist or a Psychiatrist. Then bam, pregnant at 18 and a Senior in High School. I deferred my college acceptance, graduated early, and started working full time immediately.

    Now, I’m an Ophthalmic Technician. Is it my dream job? No. Not even close. There are days I get home and wonder what in the hell I’m doing. Then, my 14 year old daughter comes haulin’ ass down the stairs wanting this or that, needing to go somewhere … and I remember that all of this is for her. Her first and then in four years when she is 18 – I will focus on me again.

    I think trying to make the best out of the situation you’re currently in, doesn’t equate to settling your life. I think it equates to surviving and doing what you have to do to make ends meet. Recently, I have put a lot of thought into going back to school (online courses) so that I can still work full time and fulfill my obligations as a mom and wife – but at least I would finally have some kind of degree under my belt.

    And really, if you step back and look at your life since you got out of that horrible marriage, I would have to think that you’d agree that you have come a long way. You have taken a terrible situation, gotten yourself out, support yourself and your child, found someone that makes you feel safe and secure – and you’re doing it all despite what that horrid man is trying to do to you legally. That’s a huge accomplishment. One thing at a time, until you can look at the big picture and say “this is where I want to be ….”

    You will get there 🙂

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