The idea that there is an overarching purpose to your life may have truth to it. I just don’t think it’s a useful thing to think about.
More helpful: Do whatever you’re doing right now with more creativity and care. If at the end of you life it all seemed to have an overarching purpose, then so be it.
For example, I have 26 employees who work in Fredonia’s fitness center. Only one of them shows up to work thinking, “How can I make our operation better? How can I make our users’ experiences better?” This one employee thinks of herself as the Chief Operating Officer of the Blue Devils Fitness Center, which she only is because she chose to be. She doesn’t get paid anything extra, but she’s enjoying her job more than everyone else.
I didn’t think of myself that way when I was a student-employee. I just wanted some money on my way to a better, more fulfilling life.
I didn’t realize the better, more fulfilling life was right there the whole time.