Life often takes us where we never thought we would go. If you were to say to me years ago on Maui that one day I’d be living in Louisiana and then the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, I would have grabbed my windsurfing equipment and guffawed.
But here I am in south Mississippi feeling incredibly grateful and happy. Oh there was a ridiculous amounts of
complaining discussion and unhappiness soul-searching along the way. Now when I look back it reminds me of a bumpy car ride to an unknown destination. When you finally arrive, you get out and take it all in, forgetting the horrible road conditions along the way.
A Sense of Purpose Led to My Happy Place
After moving from Maui, I emotionally and mentally floated around not knowing my why outside of the wife and mom part of my life. It didn’t help that I was really unhappy with my location. I felt boxed in and surrounded by too much concrete for my liking. But I’ve always been a believer in making the best of and being grateful where you’re at. But why did I always feel like I was passing through — never feeling a sense of home or belonging? I just felt I wasn’t where I was called to be.
Fast-forward many years.
As the Viking and I committed to move the family to a place we felt would be better for us, I started to sense we were traveling in the right direction. We found a place — not perfect — but perfect for us. It’s the first time in 15 years I’ve referred to some place other than Maui as home. Maui will always be my home and my heart, but now, when I’m away from Maui, I truly feel this other place is home too. It’s captured my heart and I’ve found a purpose. More about that purpose and the Horsemanship Therapy Center coming in the near future.
So what does all this have to do with health and fitness?
Here’s what I’ve experienced:
•We thrive where we feel alive
•Passion for something energizes us
•When we’re feeling purposeful we make more positive choices
•A healthy inside manifests on the outside
•Purpose is contagious
•Purpose gives a sense of peace
Finding purpose has nothing to do with perfection or that a purpose can’t evolve or change. To me, it just means you’re where you need to be at this moment.
Love to hear what you think? Do you feel in your life that you’ve found a purpose you have a passion for beyond family? Are you living that purpose now — or are you on your way to your destination?