I am quite the multi-faceted individual. And as fancy as that sounds, it can make life a little complicated sometimes, like in college when I changed my major 5 times coz I was interested in so many different things, that I finally settled on a major and two minors. This amazing quality of mine, made the quest for my purpose a very complicated task.
And I knew something wasn't right when I realized what I was really doing was looking for what cookie-cutter box to put myself in, selling myself short and discounting qualities about myself that didn't seem likely to be "it". And like Samuel when he went to anoint the next king from Jesse's house, I was looking for the Eliab without realizing that thee David (king) could be the least likely one.
I believe purpose is the big picture of our lives. And like a painter in creating a painting, there are different types of brushes and colors, tools and techniques that we could use to arrive at that big picture. And maybe over-thinking the end goal may limit creativity.
"It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child."
- Pablo Picasso
I think it is important to find out what your purpose is. Looking back, I realize gaining a little more understanding over time of what my purpose might be has been very helpful. And I am definitely always conscious of it. But rather than try to figure out everything about the most wonderful thing about my existence, obsess over how to make it a reality and how it'll all come together with a pretty bow on it, I thought it might be more fun to open the package gradually. So I'm learning to give my all in whatever dream I may be pursuing, shake off the hits, enjoy every step of the journey, and like a child, paint the big picture that is my purpose.