Ikigai (生き甲斐) is a Japanese concept that means “a reason for being.
I’m on a journey to figuring out my purpose in life. In all honesty, it’s beginning to frustrate me. I was once again reminded that I am not yet living my purpose, when my mother admitted she can so confidently answer the question when she is asked. What is your purpose in life? She knows her ikigai, and she’s the reason that I know I am not fulfilling mine.
Things I know:
- I am not suited to 9-5 work patterns
- I’d like to work for myself
- I love creativity
- I love using my hands
- The rat race is not for me
- I want to experience different cultures, but my family mean the world to me
- I am not driven by money
- I want to feel freedom
- I love connecting with people
- I love enlightening people
- I like solitude, sometimes
- I want to be the healthiest I can be, health is important to me
- I love nature, and sunshine
I watched a documentary on The Minimalists last night, I would highly recommend it. I was instantly hooked. I feel like, for a long time, perhaps my whole life, I have been a minimalist, trapped inside what felt like an un-poppable bubble of unnecessary consumerism, materialism, false happiness, forced paths, mayhem. In fact, perhaps we all are. Does this ring a bell to you? Some are maybe more malleable than others and therefore fall deeper into the trap.
Discovering minimalism, feels like what were scrambled letters on my tongue, have been taken and turned into a concept that perfectly described how I want my life to be. In simple terms, simple. Simple with a purpose. Follow my journey to a purposeful, minimalistic life.
Things that matter to me:
For further reading on Ikigai, I would recommend the book by Hectar Garcia, “Ikigai: The Japanese secret to a long and happy life”.
What is your ikigai? Have you found your purpose in life? Are you on a journey that sounds similar to my own? Let me know in the comments below!