Life has no purpose; you have a purpose and you bring it to life.

There isn't one big cosmic purpose for everyone either. There is only the one you give to yourself - a personal purpose, an individual meaning, a distinct plot to the story that becomes your life. At times you may find the plot is difficult to follow; however it is never impossible and it is worth every bit of time and energy you put into it.

Every moment, every situation and every turn of events presents you with an opportunity to build the self you are capable of being. It's just a matter of accepting opportunities, implementing ideas, taking action, and actively expressing the purpose that is uniquely YOU.

Imagine the possibilities and then work to make them real. When you are adaptable, innovative, hard working and tenacious, you can overcome any barrier standing in your way because you have a purpose that cannot be denied.

Here are five fundamental life skills that will empower you and give you more purpose and meaning in your life.

Curiosity is the foundation of lifelong growth. Enduring curiosity permits our hearts and minds to grow younger every day, even as our wisdom expands. In our youth, joy comes easy because we haven't become set too firmly in our ways. Our willingness to assess new things with varying perspectives allows us to experience flashes of insight and beauty wherever we go. Those of us who step outside of our comfort zones as we age, who sustain our curiosity into our later years, learn a lot more and see far more beauty throughout our lifetime.

Always remain curious and teachable. Keep an open mind and never stop questioning and learning. Look forward, open new doors and experience new things. Each day is a new beginning with endless opportunities to explore!

Creativity is the most powerful instrument of progress. It gives us new perspectives to create possibilities and growth. The world is moving so fast these days that those who say that something can't be done are often run over by those who are doing it. This is precisely why it's important to exercise your creative mind on a regular basis. Ultimately, the creative learners inherit the world while the doubters and complacent minds find themselves perfectly suited for a world that no longer exists

Except for your own thoughts, there's nothing that's absolutely in your power. Knowing and accepting this gives you the ability to cope proficiently with life's constant little stymies. Resilience is accepting reality, even if it's less than the fantasy you had in your mind or the reality that you once had. Instead of fighting it and complaining about what you're missing, accept what you have and try to create something good.

As you progress, life will inevitably challenge you on a regular basis. No matter how much falls on you, keep your head up high and plow ahead. That's the only way to keep the road to your dreams clear. It won't be any more forgiving, but it will get easier to deal with, because over time you will grow stronger and more resilient.

Ultimately, the two hardest tests on the road to personal growth are the patience to wait for what you want and the courage not to be disappointed when it doesn't arrive as soon as you had expected. Patience is moving forward steadily for as long as it takes to get where you want to go. Enduring the time between your departure and arrival requires a great deal of willpower.

Patience can be bitter, but the seeds you plant now will bear sweet fruit. These fruits are worth waiting for. There's no advantage to hurrying through life and never tasting their sweetness.

Lastly, self-reliance is the most important of all life skills, because without it you can't practice any other life skill consistently. Quite simply, self-reliance is the unswerving willingness to take responsibility for your life from this moment forward, regardless of who had a hand in making it the way it is now. It's taking control of your life, finding and accepting your true self, thinking for yourself, and making a firm choice to live your way. It's being the hero of your life, not the victim.

This is YOUR journey. Life gives you the invitations to be who you are capable of being. But it is up to you to accept them and show up.

Once you do, you will find yourself on the path to self-actualization and fulfillment. Enjoy the ride!

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