Some people call it pursuing your destiny. Others talk about purpose. Whatever you call it, I believe that there is a God-given desire in each person to do what they are uniquely wired to do.
As I think about my own desires, its best summed up in the words of Curtis (a talented Bass player who is a friend of mine), “I just want to do what I love and get paid for it“. I think that is the cool thing about getting older: if you play your cards right, you get to do more and more of what you love and less and less of what you don’t love.
So what do you love? If your answer is not as simple as Curtis’, you may need to do some research and some soul searching. I highly recommend books by Marcus Buckingham to help you define what you really enjoy and are really good at. His latest work is Go Put Your Strengths to Work: 6 Powerful Steps to Achieve Outstanding Performance. Also, you may want to think back to those experiences at work, at home, at play, where you were happiest. That’s where your true passions lie.
So how can you do more of it? Maybe you are in a job that you love. If so that’s great. If not, think about how you can transition into a job that is a better fit for you. DON’T think short term. You may think that it’s too much to go back to school or start a business while maintaining a full time job but it’s not. It will be worth it and you owe it to the rest of the world to do what you were born to do.
What to do while you are waiting. I know of few people who are really getting to do what they are born to do all the time. The only ones I can think of either own their own business or are the head of someone else’s. The best advice I can give you is to cherish the moments you have and be thankful for everything. Let the frustrations of the moment drive you to make the sacrifices it can take to change your future.