How can I find a feeling of purpose?

Q: How can I find a feeling of purpose when nothing’s going on? 

A: I understand the way you’re feeling. Once, I was visiting family on a farm in South Africa—far away from home. It was beautiful there, but I started to feel adrift after a couple weeks, because I just wasn’t sure what else to do besides walk around the farm. I tried helping out with some of the day-to-day work, but it was clear I wasn’t really needed. I wanted to feel valuable and purposeful, but I just wasn’t getting that.

Originally appeared online in the teen series: Q&A - April 22, 2020

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