Over the years, I have come across a lot of life philosophies and motivational concepts. Recently, I stumbled across one called ikigai. Simply put, the notion of ikigai is what makes you “tick” every day. What gets you up in the morning? What makes you excited to go about your day?
For me, if I have to look at the ikigai graphic carefully and be completely honest with myself, I am lacking in areas. Because of this, I don’t have ikigai.
There are days I have to remind myself about the thoughts and ideas I have had throughout my time of “recovering.”
Chef. Writer. Journalist. This. That. So many ideas… And yet, I won’t say I have given up on them. Many of these ideas and more have persisted in the back of my mind at the very least. Still, I frustrate myself because I know I could do more with my life if I just push the button. That GO button that will ignite everything. Set everything ablaze. Put all of my hopes and dreams into turbo mode so I can achieve what I should be accomplishing and then some. At least, that’s the main ambition anyway.
Finding Meaning in Life
What do I want to do? What do I want to attain? Where do I want to be in the next few years? All of which are relevant questions, but I have been dilly-dallying. I have been so unfocused. So wishy-washy. There has to be some sense of stability in my decisions. I just can’t keep doing a little bit of everything without getting as far as I would want from life.
There is so much more I can do… If only I could just sit down and be completely confident with what direction my life CAN take if I just swallowed my fears and ran toward my destiny.
I want to find my ikigai!
“Progress is perseverance.” – Nhan Pham
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