Have you ever wondered what your real purpose is as a human being? Have you ever questioned the direction of your life or whether or not you have found your true calling? Have you abruptly surrendered one pursuit to pursue another with complete abandon? Have you come face to face with that elusive moment where suddenly, beyond a shadow of a doubt, nothing else you have ever done mattered and found yourself instead understanding the meaning of your existence?
I thought I had, until now.
I’ve watched this video at least 20 times since Monday and each time, I cry. I marvel at this man’s fortitude, commitment, perseverance, love, generosity, kindness and spirit. I sit here with tears steaming down my face and a swelling in my heart, not because of how inspiring an individual Narayana Krishnan is, but because I recognize how far I must travel to become this kind of an extraordinary human being who knows that he can and must do what few will.
I want to evolve into this person who digs deeper and goes from seeing a video and feeling the impact to recognizing that there is nothing more important, more worthy or noble than to be of service to mankind. I aspire to be able to leave a little bit of humanity better off than when I arrived.
And then, I want to find the courage, strength and determination not only to figure out how I can go about accomplishing this, but to embrace the fact that not doing it is not an option.
Not anymore. Not for me.
Haunted by my own ineptitude, I am left to question more than my purpose in life and how I've conducted it thus far. I now open my heart and mind to the concept of living my life with purpose instead of just on purpose.
It is one thing to be moved. It is another to be moved to action. The distance between my desire and this man’s determination to make a difference is vast. It leaves me speechless.
I am left searching my soul.
I have a very long way to go to becoming a better person.
We’re all in this thing together.