Why are we alive? What is our purpose? Simply put, our purpose is to live.
As conscious beings, humans live the life we choose, so choose wisely. We can choose to be successful and happy, or choose to live on the streets, depressed and lonely. We can choose to have a job, choose to travel the world, choose to get fat, or choose to eat an ice cream cone on a hot summer day. We can choose to have close friends, or choose to work 3 part time jobs to support your family. We can choose our path in education, choose to max our credit cards on holiday shopping sprees, or choose to learn a new language. Every decision we make is a choice, whether we know it or not, that affects our lives in some way. Our choices are microcosms that make up the sum of who we are, and help define our purpose.
Helping others should always be at the top of your life goals. How can we help others? The biggest ways are to donate time and money. By volunteering at the local dog shelter or community theatre, you can make a HUGE impact on others. I have recently donated my time and musical skills to the Coronado Playhouse in their upcoming production of Avenue Q. This community theatre is dedicated to producing high quality performances, paring young artists with experts of acting, as well as pairing with another non profit in the community to spread their efforts.
The story line is told through master puppetry, an art form uncommon in todays technological age, in a Sesame Street after-school-special fashion, and focuses on young Princeton trying to find his purpose. Through falling in love, making mistakes, and learning that the internet was made for porn, (as sung by a cookie monster based character), we get to know all the characters on Avenue Q and learn about everyones purpose.
We learn the while we might have our eye on the one in the spot light, there might come a more seductive alternative. Making mistakes along the way is part of all our journeys. The moment you turn your mistakes into lessons, then you’re on your way to enlightenment. There are no wrong answers, there are no wrong notes, there are not wrong choices. There is life, purpose, lessons, and love. Following your heart isn’t always easy, but just knowing that there is no “right” answer can help us navigate the journey of finding our purpose.
The theatre does a fantastic job of promoting itself around the community. With articles featured in the paper at San Diego State University, the local “Whats Happening For the Gays” magazine Rage, and partnering with the SD Humane Society and Paws of Coronado, the people involved truly care about the community. And that, I suppose, is my purpose. To care. To help others. And of course, to spread the gift of music.