Embrace Who You Are

Misako Yoke developed genki habits: one is 'embrace who you are and who you are becoming.' This habit of being true to oneself is one of the vital aspects of ikigai; Misako explains that for people to recognize their ikigai, they have to know and embrace who they really are.

Nick: I think this is a really core aspect of ikigai -- embracing who you want to be. It's about who you want to be and it's not about being your best self. It's about being your true self.

So I love that aspect. Who do you want to be? If that's in line with your true self? You'd definitely be genki.

Misako: I love the way you mentioned ikigai, ikigai cannot be separate from embracing who you are. So when you feel 'what's my ikigai? What do I want?' -- is embracing who you truly are and calling yourself.

Sometimes we adapt wrong ideas. As a fire-horse woman, I can tell you a lot of people told me wrong ideas I adapted without thinking and it took too long to realize, wait a minute, this is my life, I can change the way I respond.

So I was always reacting. So that ikigai is very important. Knowing ikigai is essential to embrace who you are.

Nick: Yeah, you've highlighted a big point. Many people with good intentions or sometimes bad will tell you who you should be: your parents, the teachers, your best friends.

They have these expectations of you to be sometimes perhaps someone different to your true self. 

Misako: You just mentioned a very important point, because they don't have bad intentions, they kindly suggest for us to be better, to adapt better, but sometimes it doesn't really resonate with who you are. 

That responsibility is your own. So sometimes, step back and think that's very important, 'E' is essential. Embrace who you are, and who you are becoming.