I've found that when most folks think about their life's purpose, the focus generally lands on their career. Some parents feel that their purpose is to raise their children, and I've even occasionally run into a couple who feel that their purpose is to be a great spouse. In a way, everyone is right and I always love being witness to passion. However, your career and role as a parent/spouse is not your purpose - it's what you do in these roles that matters.
We actually all have the same purpose. Your ego will hate hearing this because its survival depends on your desire to be special and different, but it's true; we're all here to do the same thing. Our purpose is to awaken to our oneness with Perfect Love. That's it. I tend to add a kind of "mystical tagline" that goes: "And to inspire others to do the same." When you're living in purpose, the second part of that is kind of a natural result.
What you do for a career or hobby and your roles in specific relationships are ways that you get to express your purpose, but they're not your actual purpose. I find that people who struggle with this concept the most are artists. They confuse their passion for making beautiful things with purpose. But it's through their art that their purpose can be expressed.
The beautiful thing about knowing this is that not matter what you're doing, you can be living in purpose. It's by seeing others as perfectly innocent that we begin to truly experience ourselves as the same. This requires that we're willing to let go of the opinions and judgments that keep us feeling separate from everyone else. It's not always an easy task, but it's the path towards awakening.
Your gifts, talents, and passions are yours for a reason - to express and share light and love in the world. Exactly where you are right now is a perfect place to make a lasting and powerful impact. Whether it be on stage, in a classroom, at the office, or kitchen table - if you know your purpose and are willing to live it, then you're contributing to peace on this planet. What greater purpose could there be?
Jesse Brune-Horan is a Spiritual teacher and happy living expert. He's the co-founder & Spiritual director of Inspire Spiritual Community, a non-profit organization supporting the LGBTQ+ community. He's the host of the podcast "LGBTQ+ and Spiritual", and co-host of the lifestyle series "Super Easy with Jesse and Alison." He lives and Loves in Los Angeles with his husband Christopher and their family.