Notes from the road - edition 4: 'ikigai'

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This week has progressed much the same as the week before. It’s been a pretty steady cycle of eating, surfing, working, and sunsets with new friends.

While scrolling through Facebook I came across the term ‘ikigai’ in an article. It’s a Japanese word, roughly translated it means ‘a reason for being’.

I’ve had a lot of time to think and so finding this word got me considering what my own ‘ikigai’ might be. Some people may think that because I’ve made this bold move to travel around the world on a one-way ticket that I know exactly what my reason for being is.

This is far from the truth. In fact, a large part of the reason I booked the ticket was that I wasn’t, and am still not, exactly sure what my purpose is.

I think that’s perfectly okay though. At some stage everyone feels a bit lost and needs to do something drastic to bring something new into their lives, to change their environment so they can be exposed to new things and see what the universe conjures.

A common phrase of the surf instructors here at Brown Sugar is “never try, never know” and I think that it very neatly summarises my current reason for being. To simply explore. To immerse myself in as much newness as possible and delve into whatever I find there.

On that note, my two weeks of surfing are at an end and tomorrow I move on to Canggu. I’m super excited to meet up with some old friends and start creating. Hopefully the sunsets in Canggu are as good as what I’ve been treated with here.

Vero the German

Vero the German

Photo credit: @vero3o

Photo credit: @vero3o

Eva the Austrian

Eva the Austrian

I wish all of you a wonderful week ahead.

Happy voyaging!