How Ikigai can help us to live more authentically in Midlife
There has been a lot of interest in this concept of Ikigai from Japan. You only have to google the term and it will return 4,000,000 results. So, what exactly is it? Ikigai simply put, is the Japanese word for “a reason for being”. In Japan, the term is used very often in conversation to describe what someone’s reason for being is. “My Ikigai is my children” “My Ikigai is my community” Ikigai has been linked with longevity in life and can give you greater contentment. So many of us today, our reason to get up in the morning is to pay the mortgage and buy more stuff we don’t need and living this way is not meeting a deeper need, which becomes more apparent, for some of us at midlife. If you are in midlife and you are questioning what gives your life meaning, it might be helpful to ask yourself the following questions:
What do you love? What are you doing, being, seeing that makes you come alive?
What are you great at? What comes most naturally to you?
What causes are you passionate about? What change would you most like to see in the world?
What value do you bring that people would pay for? What is that something that people need and are happy to pay for it?
To sum up, to find your Ikigai you need a combination of what you are good at, what you can be paid for, what is needed by others and what you love to do. What’s your Ikigai?