What can I do with my time that is important?
by Dani Trudeau
I was recently asked to do a quick talk to camera about my life’s ‘purpose’. To me, it’s a word that feels so limiting, so finite. As though we all have just one reason for being. Actually, I’ve come to realise that a better, more relevant question would be, “what can I do with my time that’s important?” And that led me to think that, ultimately, death is the only thing that gives us perspective on the value of our lives. It sounds morbid, but it’s really freeing.
In Mark Manson’s brilliant article, he says “Discovering one’s ‘purpose’ in life essentially boils down to finding those one or two things that are bigger than yourself, and bigger than those around you. It’s not about some great achievement, but merely finding a way to spend your limited amount of time well. And to do that you must get off your couch and act, and take the time to think beyond yourself, to think greater than yourself, and paradoxically, to imagine a world without yourself.”
So I’ve made a list of important ways to spend my time:
- Connecting with myself and with others. I’m currently diving deeper into my somatic journey in various ways.
- Being a good human and a great role model to my children and friends. In other words, being kind, ambitious, mindful, creative and generative.
- Creating and making. I have loved making art since I was a kid and realise that is important in itself.
- Creating spaces and opportunities for people to connect and feel together. So, I’m nurturing Tribe Porty, Tribe Women and beyond.
It all seems pretty simple, yet it feels really important. I would love to know what others find important ways to spend their time.
Let me know.