#AtoZChallenge : Ikigai
The chatter of the birds wakes me up and I try to open my eyes as the rays of the morning sun greet me. The smell of the freshly bloomed jasmine wafts in the air with the cool morning breeze that brings with it the goodness of a new day. Today feels like a good day, like everyday should be. I get out of my bed feeling grateful for all the things that I have. I hum my favourite song as I begin another day full of promise. There’s a thing about a morning begun well – it sets the tone for the rest of the day.
But I remember that not all mornings have begun well. There have been ones with utter chaos. There have been days when sleep eluded me, yet I longed to stay in bed all day long for fear of the reality that I had to face. I had no reason to wake up. I had nothing to look forward to. Life seemed like a burden to hard to carry. I’d lost everything that was dear to me. I had lost everything or so I’d thought.
It is difficult when life takes away from you the ones you love or the things you love because life finds its meaning in love. Life lived without a reason is meaningless. I knew I had lost my meaning in life for it seemed empty. But while I did this, what I didn’t realize was that it was I who had to add meaning to my life. All those days spent in self pity were nothing but a waste. I knew I needed some time, but I later realized that I didn’t have forever.
Ever so slowly realization began to dawn. I’d lost something very dear to me and it hurt because it would, because it was love. But I hadn’t lost everything for I had my life, my talents and abilities. When I took up this journey of discovering new places, of seeing the world, I never really thought that it would become a journey of self discovery. I started because I wanted an escape. I never realized what I really had until I met people who didn’t have a lot of what I had.
As I sit by the window, sipping on some tea while I begin to write another story to bring a smile on someone’s face, I know I’ve found my reason to live. When I’d lost the reason to live earlier, I hadn’t realized there were still reasons to live. Though memories linger, life moves on. Though sorrows haunt and tears fall, there is always a reason to be grateful for. Reasons for living your being may change, but there’s always a reason. You just have to find one and you will find one if you search.
Have you found your reason?
I’ve found my ikigai!
Ikigai : a reason for being ; a reason to wake up every morning
Language : Japanese
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I’m participating in the A to Z Challenge again this year. This is my third time participating in the challenge. I’m going with the theme of “Rare, unusual and beautiful words from various languages” .