One of the things we suppose sets us apart from the computers and the animals is self awareness. (hang tight this is all about purpose). We can think, “hey I’m here doing this thing” and even zoom out to notice that we are thinking that thought. This is the basis of free will.
Maybe you believe in karma, or astrology, or fate, or believe everything in the universe is random. You may not be able to control outcomes, and you may have limitations, still you can choose what to do with your mind and body.
These two factors start our whole understanding of life purpose: Self Awareness and Free Will.
Firstly, the whole reason you are here, on this site, looking for these kinds of answers is because you know you have these two gifts and you want to use them well. You can look around your life and think, “this isn’t enough for me or this isn’t me at all. I know I can do something different.” You can think, “I want my life to mean something, to help others.”
Oh but here is the point…
You can do what you want with your life (That’s free will) and…
You can only know what you want through self awareness. (In other words, paying attention to what you are doing, thinking and feeling)
There is a lot of really great advice out there and right here on T1Q. It can get really complicated as we try to address every single stumbling block and confusion. You might read things that don’t seem right to you or that you don’t understand. Come back to these two basics.