TED Conversations

Elizabeth Rivas

Struggling Student,

This conversation is closed.

What is your purpose in life and how and when did you come to realize it? In what ways are you now living towards your purpose?

After having lived for 21 years I would have assumed when I was younger that by this time in my life, surely I would have figured out my purpose. Of course, this is not the case. I have been thinking more and more about my life in terms of my true purpose. I may have a general idea where I want to go in life, for example, I am planning and studying hard so that I can successfully transfer to UCLA, my dream school. I also know that I enjoy working with children, learning about the biological sciences, writing poetry and fiction in my free time, and sharing my ideas. I was hoping I might be able to learn how members of this wonderful community called TED has come to learn their true purpose. Share with me with your lightbulb moments about the exact moment when you realized you found your calling? Or maybe share your not so lightbulb moment. Maybe it took you years and years to discover your calling in life. Either way, I am eager to hear from you and how you not only learned what it is you want to do with your life but how you are implementing those desires today

Share:

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • thumb
    Apr 15 2013: I would recommend focusing on what your goals are. What do you want to produce? If you could only produce one thing what would that be?
    • thumb
      Apr 15 2013: What I want to produce most is inspiration. I think that if I can inspire others and help keep the world a more positive place I will die happily knowing I made a difference in that way.
      • thumb
        Apr 15 2013: How could you make that into a goal that could be measured?
        • thumb
          Apr 15 2013: I'm thinking that teaching is one of the ways I can take what I want to produce into something I can measure because. Teachers can be very inspirational in the ways that they teach and interact with students on a daily basis.
        • thumb
          Apr 15 2013: I also think I can be inspirational through writing stories. Of course I need to practice my writing but I think that books are very inspirational and it's something I'd try doing.

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.