Thought: I need my purpose

In the live your purpose workshop, Aimee asked the question “Why do I want this to be my purpose?”

My purpose: to seek and contribute to greater understanding in the world

My answer:
-It’s exhilarating
-The world needs this
-I need this

I’m wondering about that last one. “I need this” sounds suspect to me. Is that scarcity thinking? Or thinking I’m not enough if I don’t have this? Some of the emotions and actions I don’t like in my life come from the need to be understood, and the fear of being misunderstood. I think I often seek to understand other people because I don’t like how I feel when I’m misunderstood.

But it’s also deeply meaningful to me to pursue understanding (empathy, knowledge, truth, seeing reality clearly). It’s fun, and I also feel a compulsion towards.