I have a bad case of low self esteem. I have this tendency to compare my work to others and then feel depressed about myself. Coupled with my extreme paranoia about what people think of me, I find it difficult to stay determined with my work/passions. When I reach my darkest moments, the same questions cross my mind. "What is my purpose in this life? My destiny?" Ironically, I'd be the one giving advice to my friends but I think I've given up trying to help myself. I need your advice Iroh.
Sometimes it seems there is so much pressure on young people to know their own path long before they ever really have a chance to take their first steps along it. It makes us feel like we must rush things, like there is some deadline to know where we are headed. What everyone else thinks is important can begin to overshadow what you think is important, and that can often make it difficult to see the road ahead. But you do not need to be able to see your destination to keep going. If you find yourself drifting, it is not always a bad thing to take some time to wander. Sometimes it can help you find your way. And sometimes it can show you a new path, one you never thought of taking before.
And if your purpose turns out to be something that others might consider insignificant, that is okay too. You would be surprised at how many seemingly insignificant things can add up to change the world.