I’ve learn a new word today – Ikigai. A Japanese word which made up of two Japanese words, Iki means live, alive; and gai means the result of it, the effect, the fruit.. check out over at wikipedia.
While I was browsing for books, title of books with this word came up and it caught my attention simply because I wasn’t on my feet today.. so I search further on its meaning and found that there are bloggers who wrote about it already.. There are two particular ones that I read:
Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life Might Just Help You Live a More Fulfilling Life
The Japanese Concept ‘Ikigai’ is a Formula for Happiness and Meaning
You’ve heard about hygge, you’d know that there is no simple direct translation from English, same goes to Ikigai. To me, Ikigai could means what makes you want to be alive, want to get up in the morning, the drive, that urge for being.
People now we are talking simplify living, minimalist, being environmental friendly, clutter clearing, and simply live better, more in tune with our inner self. I guess Ikigai is what everyone needs and what I should learn about too.
How to find out what’s your ikigai? Well.. first off, there are some thinking to do, which I hate.. I mean I don’t like to drill myself on what I love and have to put it down to words, I’ll just go ahead and do what I love even without knowingly.. However if you want to know more about Ikigai, I suggest you do some reading on this topic and dwell into those questions that ask you what you love, what you are good at, what the world need and what you can be paid for.
As for me, you can say that I’m running away from all these questions, maybe one day (not sure how soon), I’ll come back to this and really think it over.
Happy thoughts for you!