Finding your true purpose in life
I came across Ikigai a while back and since then it has followed me, thankfully. In its most simplistic form I feel my Ikigai is to help people find theirs. The Japanese belief is that if people find their authentic Ikigai (Reason for being) they will unlock life satisfaction and fulfilment. In modern life this can often seem more of a fairy tale than reality. We have been surrounded with boundaries of what success should be and what we should be doing and pursuing. We always have tensions that we are holding in relation to financial needs versus fulfilment and meaning; are we just getting by life as a passenger or making a positive difference to people and planet? What we love and what gets us out of bed with passion? In this search decisions need to be made that will shape and change us; these kinds of decisions need to be met with head and heart and often lead to an amount of uncertainty; I mean how many careers come along that add true value to the world, play into your skill set, are what you love and you’ll get paid well? This search can be life long, but I believe is time well spent. In my journey I have revisited key areas of my Ikigai; I now have more diversity on what I love and in turn this has broadened my vehicles in which I can deliver something that the world needs. I have simplified how I live, reducing what I need to be paid; less consumption of the unnecessary has had a positive impact on the planet and I’m on a constant journey of personal growth. Am I living in my circle of Ikigai? Not in its entirety, but I’m on the line and feel I have a plan and clarity to enter the circle shortly.
My advice is to keep up the search for true meaning, don’t settle for two circles of your Ikagai; life is too precious to live attached and unfulfilled.