I recently read a book, Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life by Héctor García
ikigai is seen as the convergence of four primary elements:
- What you love (your passion)
- What the world needs (your mission)
- What you are good at (your vocation)
- What you can get paid for (your profession)
It is one thing to find your bliss, but it is another thing to get paid for it and make it a profession, because in the end bliss doesn’t pay your bills! So in the relentless pursuit of a better life, we are forced to run behind money. In the end, even after attaining the so called dream life, our lives feel empty!
What if we can balance both. Yes money is important. But one hour each week or an hour every day, can we make time for ourselves to follow our bliss, do the thing that makes you come alive without any expectations, except that it is what you love to do. It need not be perfect, it need not bring you money. Just that one precious hour with your soul is the gift that we give ourselves for all the other hassles that we go through on a day to day basis.
I know the relentless critique that sits on our shoulders with a list of excuses to not do it today. Sometimes it feels like there is a conspiracy going on on earth, preventing us humans from following that which we love to do. Only the strong willed ones win and others listen to those excuses and watch Netflix to numb that feeling and relax because we had a hard day at work and we just too tired to do anything.
But I guess, if we think we are worthy enough, we would guard that one hour with all our might and let people around us know, that we won’t be available and it is our time, I bet we all would be a tad bit happier in the long run.
It doesn’t have to be work or passion, it can be both and it involves a little bit of creativity and persistence.
So let’s promise ourselves, that this year, we would also follow our Ikigai.