You certainly may use thinking skills to pursue an understanding of your purpose in life--how readily that purpose will become apparent is a different question. Starting with becoming apparent, the reason for this is that understanding ourselves comes, in part, through experience. This is one reason higher education is amazingly...
You certainly may use thinking skills to pursue an understanding of your purpose in life--how readily that purpose will become apparent is a different question. Starting with becoming apparent, the reason for this is that understanding ourselves comes, in part, through experience. This is one reason higher education is amazingly valuable to the young person: if pursued fully, it provides experience, opportunity, insight. These are all required fuel for keen, effective thinking skills.
While emotions may be part of finding your purpose in life, it is not true that emotions help all people find their purpose and it is not true that emotions are pure and unsullied by external influences. Since these things are not true, you must rely on your thinking skills even to understand your emotions. Suppose, for example, you have a domineering, unkind family member who relishes telling you unpleasant and false things about yourself. This person embeds thoughts and feelings in you that are equally false. Thus if you look to your emotions, you will find impure emotions that are other-generated and not helpful to you in finding your way to your purpose in life.
Your thinking skills, backed by experience (enough experience to help sort through mistaken other-generated thoughts and emotions), allow you to look at your strengths and weaknesses; allow you look at your interests and limitations; allow you to trust yourself (for instance, if you like science but cannot bear to hear about Hydrogen, "the simplest element," one more time, you will trust yourself to say to your teacher that you would like to hear more complex examples instead of close your mind to science); allow you to see your inner nature and character for what they are. From these things, you can extrapolate what your overall purpose in life is (whether you think it is a choice or something born in you).
Then ... your thinking skills can help you to select how to express this purpose. For example, if your purpose is to teach, you might do it as teacher or a professor or as a clergy-person or as a training manager or as a motivational writer. Your thinking skills are definitely your best resource for discovering your purpose in life.