Hello, hi. I'm Frankie and I'll be guest blogging for Sapphire Community Group today!
We're going into a bit of a serious topic right about now but I think you guys will be fine.
The topic: Purpose.
There are often times when I'll be sitting alone somewhere and I get lost in my thoughts. My brain starts to wander and I think about "purpose" and what mine could possibly be.
Purpose is defined as "the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists" so basically, why we do what we do. I've always struggled with figuring out my purpose and what I'm meant to do in life; that feeling is definitely not the cutest.
For those of you who are reading a post by me for the first time (what's up boo x), I'm a university student studying Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience. Unfortunately, many psychologists are united by the fact that we hear the "you're gonna be unemployed sis" at least once a term. Not only does that really demotivate you in terms of studying and getting good grades, it really messes with your process of figuring out your purpose.
I can't tell you how many times I've thought to change my course to nursing or engineering because I'm guaranteed some serious coins and a good job. Here's the thing though..
I'd most likely fail lol.
Everyone's purpose is different. Some people are made to be engineers and nurses while some are made to be psychologists, artists or whatever.
There is no such thing as a wrong purpose.
I love my degree and have a fun time studying it (most of the time) so I couldn't see myself studying anything else.
It's crazy because originally I was going to study straight Neuroscience, then I let people get in my head about job prospects and opted to continue Psychology with a little bit of Neuroscience. This way I’d still be studying both of the things I’m interested in but I wouldn’t be limiting the jobs I could apply for. In retrospect, that decision worked out because the small Neuroscience I do has tried to finish me.
However, if I had listened to those trying to get me to study more "foolproof" degrees like nursing, I wouldn't be happy and would have probably flipped my whole purpose.
I'm still not 100% on what my purpose is and I'm absolutely terrified of what the future holds for me. I don't think getting older helps either, because it feels like at a certain age you should know what you're working towards and how your life should go. However, I know I like people. I like helping people, brightening someone's day, being a listening ear. Whatever it may be, I enjoy it. I also really love studying the brain and the psychology behind it.
I think that's a pretty good starting point so I'm gonna run with it to figure out where I fit. Knowing you're not alone can also be a good starting point because guess what? We're all still trying to figure out who we’re meant to be. Some are just better at faking it ya'll, don't be fooled.
I'd also like to take this opportunity to encourage you guys to be ok with trial and error. The only way for you to figure out your purpose is to try something, not like it and then head back to the drawing board. It's very rare people come out the womb knowing what their purpose is, they have to test it out and then get there.
So don't be afraid,
With love, Frankie