What is Ikigai?
Ikigai is a Japanese concept translating to "reason for being". 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.
What are Blue Zones?
Coined by then National Geographic explorer and journalist Dan Buettner, Blue Zones refer to regions of the world where people live much longer than average. The following is a simple infographic on the core principles of the Blue Zones Project that can be applied for a longer, healthier and happier life.
PEOPLE IN TRANSITION
These are some examples of people in transitional phases of their lives:
1) Love the pay, hate the job
2) Lost/Change job
3) Lack clarity of who they are
4) Parenting teenagers
6) Search for meaning in life
7) Experiencing empty nest syndrome
8) Launching next phase of life
9) Reinventing self
Dealing with life transitions can be daunting, confusing, disruptive and some times depressing. Personally, before I left my matrimonial home, guilt, anger, heartaches, disappointments were my daily negative emotions. Negative emotions can be described as any feeling which causes one to be miserable and sad. These emotions made me dislike myself and others, and takeaway my confidence. Yet, in the right context, these feelings are completely natural. The negative emotions arised from those situations can be very challenging. Situational awareness, cause irrational decision making, lead to misjudgments and erode confidence. It is very common for people to lack clarity in life direction during these period of time. Self-esteem plummet causing confusion, sometimes in a stuck state, one might not really know where to go. That was what happened to me.
Having conditioned to taking roles and responsibilities at work over the years; When people lose their jobs, they also lose their identity which were attached to their jobs. Sometimes we are retrenched, retire either out of choice or circumstances, suddenly, there is so much time in hand and people are lost feeling a void in life.
Parenting Teens/Young Adults
As the teens/young adults search for their own identities, most parents find it challenging to take off the 'parent hat'. Taking it off requires getting used to. And most of the time, hanging on to the old way of parenting could break down parent and child relationship.
Not preparing for our retirement can throw our family life into disarray. These are some of the transitions people grapple with. A Japanese concept, Ikigai, which I explain in my blog below, is a journey where one could find meaning and purpose to wake up in the morning. No matter what transitions we are going through, using this concept of Ikigai, could help us reinvent ourselves to find our north point. Help us to think differently, shift our mindset and embrace change by first being aware, adjust and adapt; Get out of comfort zone to do things differently to stretch and grow.