What is your reason for being?
What is your reason for getting up in the morning?
“One’s reason for being, which in principle is the convergence of one’s personal passions, belIEfs, values and vocation: those who follow the concept of ikigai undertake the activities of their life with willingness and a satisfying sense of meaning.”
I happened upon this concept a few months ago and I thought it was a pretty good thing to try to get us through quarantine. And even though New York State is scheduled to get 170,000 vaccines on December 15…we still have a lot of work to do to get to the homestretch…
So what is your thing?
What are your passions, your beliefs and your values?
How do you incorporate them into your day to day?
When I did my fifteen minutes of research this morning, I found that many people use venn diagrams to show their reason for living. As I don’t feel like going down the rabbit hole of pictures, charts and diagrams, I’ll give you a brief outline type of my view:
Education is key for me. I think that without education we suffer. I think we can’t have equality or any sense of order without education of all. Because of this, I have volunteered the majority of my life with something to do with education. Before I had a child I was a dedicated reading volunteer for elementary age children. During my daughter’s schooling I spent many years on School Leadership team for elementary, middle and high school. Looking over my charitable donations for this year, most of my available funds went towards education or helping children.
I have helped ignite this passion in my daughter. She has, and continues to work as a volunteer tutor. She has worked with two non profits that deal with education and children’s issues. She plans on getting a minor in education and justice, and has considered writing her thesis on how gentrification has effected education.
Reading is also on my list. I can’t pass a book drive and not buy a book. I read, I discuss, I recommend. If one thing gets me out of bed in the morning it’s reading. I can’t wait to have the time to open up my book. I had my eye doctor appointment yesterday and I didn’t mind waiting because it gave me a chance to read a little. I don’t think there is anything I am more passionate about than reading. I like reading more than anything else.
Parenting. Those who know me know the stock I place on parenting. While I know we all need an education, I feel that 95% of the problems we face today could be solved by better parenting. I think we undervalue parents and parenting, and I think we are now seeing the after effects. I fully admit that I took my role as a parent very seriously. I don’t apologize for it. Sorry, not sorry.
Culture. I get energized by movies, TV, art, crafts and anything else that shows beauty, ingenuity or makes you think. I think that the arts are extremely important to learning and growing and thinking. I need to have art in my life in one form or another: sometimes it soothes me, other times it makes me think, sometimes it helps me understand something I couldn’t grasp.
Sight/Smell/Touch/Taste/Sound I am a sensual person. This doesn’t mean I waltz around catlike and ooze sexuality (actually I’m quite the opposite) But I am motivated by things that utilize my senses. I only wear soft materials. I have a blanket and pillow on my couch that are soft and warm and I feel so good when I utilize them when reading. I have essential oils in diffuser pots on my desk and nightstand, and scented candles in kitchen and bath. I love having music, or sometimes even TV on in the background. I like the sounds of the cars driving by, and I love the sound of rain…Food. Seriously, the taste of a perfectly roasted vegetable? Tangy cheese on top of salty and peppery ground beef? Earl Grey with lemon and honey? Sign me up. And obviously- I love looking at things. I don’t like decorating, but I love to watch an HGTV show just to see what they come up with. Museums…well, you know how I feel about that. Clearly the guiding principle to most things in my life revolves around my sensuality.
The above are some of my passions, beliefs and values. They are some of the guiding lights in my life. These are my reasons to get up in the morning.
What are your reasons for getting up in the morning?