What’s my reason for getting up in the morning? Just trying to answer such a big question made me want to crawl back into bed. And i bet you found yourself asking the same thing. I found solace in the fact that I am not alone in the quest to find the reason for my existence. The quest to find the answer to live a long and meaningful life.
The quest led me to the concept of Ikigai. Originating from a country with one of the world’s oldest populations, the idea is becoming popular outside of Japan as a way to live longer and better. While there is no direct English translation, ikigai is thought to combine the Japanese words ikiru, meaning “to live”, and kai, meaning “the realization of what one hopes for”. Together these definitions create the concept of “a reason to live” or the idea of having a purpose in life.
To find this reason or purpose, Let us start with four questions:
- What do you love?
- What are you good at?
- What does the world need from you?
- What can you get paid for?