What is the meaning or purpose of your life?
Now that's a loaded question! I came across a YouTube video on the Absolute Motivation channel, called The Meaning. It features the actor and comedian, Jim Carrey. This video includes snippets of different speeches Jim gave and things that he's said over the years.
What Jim said really made me think. It was so good, I felt compelled to share it here and add in my own two cents.
You can watch the video here first, but I also transcribe it below. Then, keep reading for 5 lessons for finding your purpose.
[Emphasis my own.]
"I watched the effect of my father’s love and humor and how it altered the world around me and I thought, that’s something to do. That’s something that’s worth my time.
When I was about 28, after a decade as a professional comedian, I realized, one night in LA, the purpose of my life had always been to free people from concern, just like my dad.
I did something that made people present their best selves to me wherever I go.
How will you serve the world?
What do THEY need that your talent can provide?
That’s all you have to figure out.
I can tell you from experience, that the effect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is.
Because ultimately we are not the avatars we create; we are not the pictures on the film stock. We are the light that shines through.
All else is just smoke and mirrors. Distracting, but not truly compelling. That piece that we’re after lies somewhere beyond personality, beyond the perception of others, beyond invention and disguise, and even beyond effort itself.
You can join the game, fight the wars, play with form all you want, but to find real peace you have to let the armor go.
Your need for acceptance can make you invisible in this world. Don’t let anything stand in the way of the light that shines through this form. Risk being seen in all of your glory.
I’ve often said that I wish people could realize all their dreams and wealth and fame, so that they can see that it’s not where you’re going to find your sense of completion. Like many of you, I was concerned about going into the world and doing something bigger than myself. Until someone smarter than myself made me realize that there is nothing bigger than myself.
Our eyes are not viewers; they are also projectors that are running a 2nd story over the picture that we see in front of us all the time. Fear is writing that script. And the working title is, “I’ll never be enough.” I’m just making a conscious choice to perceive challenges as something beneficial so that I can deal with them in the most productive way.
You’ll come up with your own style. That’s part of the fun.
Life doesn’t happen to you. It happens for you. You only ever have two choices. Love or fear.
Choose love, and don’t ever let fear turn you against your playful heart.
All that will be left in you is what was in your heart.
My soul is not contained within the limits of my body, my body is contained within the limitlessness of my soul.
You can fail if you don’t. So you mind as well take a chance on doing what you love. Relax and dream up a good life.
You can spend your whole life imagining ghosts, worrying bout the pathway to the future. But all there will ever be is what’s happening here and the decisions that we make in this moment, which are based in either love or fear.
So many of us chose our path out of fear, disguised as practicality. What we really want seems impossibly out of reach and ridiculous to expect so we never dare to ask the universe for it. But, I’m saying, I’m the proof that you can ask the universe for it."
Wow! I told you it was amazing, right? Here is what I learned from watching this video.
5 key lessons for finding your purpose:
1. How will you serve the world? What do they [the universe] need that your talent can provide? In another video, Jim Carrey says, "all spirituality is about relieving suffering". He goes on to mention that what he was doing (making you laugh in your living room to his comedy and movies) was aligned with relieving suffering. His way of doing this was to make you laugh, smile, or even forget about the difficulties of your life for a few minutes. So, how will you serve the world? How will you relieve someone's suffering (I'm comparing this to your customer's issue, pain point, need)? What are your unique talents that can provide an answer for someone?
2. To find real peace, you have to let the armor go. Risk being seen in all of your glory. I interpret this as - don't be afraid to be yourself. Take down your walls, take off your armor, take away the fear, and risk just being you. The more "you" you are, the more success and happiness you will have.
3. Wealth and fame is not where you’re going to find your sense of completion. Nothing can bring you a sense of completion or purpose in this world other than yourself. It won't matter how much money you have or how popular you are. You won't find true completion and purpose without first looking at yourself.
4. Take a chance on doing what you love. Relax and dream up a good life. Life is too short wishing and hoping you were doing something else. Follow your passions. Then, align those passions with your strengths. That will be the true intersection for happiness and success.
5. So many of us chose our path out of fear, disguised as practicality. Ask the universe for what you want. Jim Carrey explains in another video how he used to ask for work and the things he wanted in life. Don't let fear guide you. Get out of your head. Let go of fear. Choose love, and choose doing what you love. If you manifest what you want and visualize where you'd like to see yourself, you will have it returned to you. It's not so much to say, "I wish, I want, I need...". Change your wording to, "I have, I will, I am".