So far we’ve been reflecting on what we want, what we find important, what our priorities are. It all comes down to the simple but also extremely complicated question, “What’s my purpose?” This is an important question but we have to admit, it can get tediously existential to think about this all the time.
However! We think right now might be the best time of year to really take some time to consider. For many of the Karst Community, a huge chapter has just recently closed in May. Many of you have graduated from school and are transitioning into another period of life. It's the start of summer for those in the northern hemisphere; the sun being out gives us a renewed sense of energy and vibrance! It's the middle of the year, an ideal time to take a pause and reflect.
It’s a big question, no doubt, but perhaps its helpful to rethink this by asking different questions. These come from Dan Miller’s 48 Days to the Work You Love:
- What was I born to do?
- What would be my greatest contribution to others?
- What do I really love to do (and when I’m doing it, time just flies by)?
- What are the recurring themes that I find myself drawn to?
- How do I want to be remembered?
This may not be everyone's cup of tea, but we insist you check out @jstlbby's Instagram feed. She is just a regular person living her life, but she has some of the funniest, most viral pieces of daily motivation and advice to offer. A few questionable sponsorships to be sure, but the advice is still not wrong.
This very recent episode of the ID10T Podcast with Chris Hardwick features Alie Ward to talk about their love of taxidermy and science, struggles with anxiety, and much more. Their infection passion for the quirky and unusual things they love is so cute.
While you're at it, listen to Alie's podcast Ologies, where she speaks to 'ologists who have found their calling in very specific corners of science.
If you haven't already, we highly recommend watching Hidden Figures, starring Tiraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer. It's show how a group of women of color were the real brains behind the project that launched an astronaut into orbit in 1962.
We hope these can serve as sources of inspiration while you dutifully answer the big question of the month and the questions above. 😂