(n.) lit. “a reason for being“; ‘a reason to get up in the morning,’ to enjoy the meaning of life–passion, purpose, something one lives for.
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I stumbled on this earlier today, and I’m taken with it.
Ikigai. Finding “a reason for being”. Is it something everyone has? Do I have one? The Japanese would say “yes” to both questions. But they would also tell me that finding it requires a deep and often lengthy search of self. And that the search is very important, since the discovery of one’s ikigai brings satisfaction and meaning to life.
Introspection is not my strong suit, but not a deal breaker.
The word ikigai is usually used to indicate the source of value in one’s life or the things that make one’s life worthwhile. Secondly, the word is used to refer to mental and spiritual circumstances under which individuals feel that their lives are valuable. It’s not necessarily linked to one’s economic status or the present state of society. Even if a person feels that the present is dark, but they have a goal in mind, they may feel ikigai. Behaviors that make us feel ikigai are not actions which we are forced to take—these are natural and spontaneous actions.
Perhaps I should give this whole search-of-self more than a passing nod. I think I’ll give this some consideration. Maybe I’ll learn something about myself.
 

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