Sense of Purpose in Life Struggles

Does ikigai change over time? We all have unique ikigai; it may depend on what point in our lives we are in. Some factors may influence our ikigai, and one of those is our life experiences.

Dr. Yasuhiro Kotera explains how our life experiences may affect our ikigai.

Nick: This irony to ikigai is I think that when children are very young, they're very good at practicing ikigai because they're not worried about the future or the past.

Then, as we get older, even though we have more life experience, we seem to struggle to find ikigai, but part of struggling I guess, in life can give us this sense of purpose or meaning.

That was a really good interview, because it did remind me that it's experiential, and the more life experience we have, the more we can uncover ikigai sources and feel it. 

Yasuhiro: It's a very good point, Nick. As we grow, our societal adjustment, brain develops, and that may be a part of becoming an adult, but at the same time, we may lose access to our sense, feelings, or our intuitions, those kinds of things. 

And ikigai is based on experience, so I think we need to stay in touch with that part of our brain -- life, the emotions or life sense that we feel. 

I mean, in society, sometimes it's probably helpful or convenient to ignore those feelings, but I think feeling ikigai is more like feeling those sense. I think that's a really important point.