What Ikigai is For Me

Everyone has their own definition of what ikigai is for them. For Trudy Boyle she defines ikigai as the sum of small joys in life, and it has nothing to do with career and money.

Nick: Yeah, it's sort of evolved into several different meanings. And it's become a little bit romanticised. But I do love this angle on how it can help you live a very meaningful, purposeful, joyful life, even if you're ill. 

So when you're talking about ikigai and you're asked what the word means. How do you define it?

Trudy: Well, I usually start by splitting up the word iki and gai, and saying that iki means kind of, to live. And gai is about meaning, values, purpose. I often use the word purpose. But I love the idea that ikigai is the sum of small joys in everyday life. 

That's really my favorite. And a reason to get up in the morning and things that lift your spirits and bring a smile to your face. Things that you love. 

I get a little bit cranky with the Venn diagram. And I was delighted to see on your website, you have it with a line through and I thought, oh my gosh, like I've never seen anyone do this. 

And, and it's fine for business to co op that if they want. I just wish they wouldn't call it ikigai. Because it's not ikigai in the traditional sense, right? So I love that idea. 

Even within cancer, I love the idea of the sum of small joys in everyday life, because it moves right into where we spend most of our time. We all have the peaks where I mean, I could say the work I do, the work I did in Well Spring, the work I do now is absolutely part of my ikigai. 

There's no question, but it has nothing to do with career or money for me. I love what I do. And I also love caring for my grandchildren, as you know because you've read my book, and I love poetry, things that, you know, lift my spirits and give me strength and courage and bring joy to my heart.

I have so many of those things. And so that's for me, is ikigai, it's discovering some purpose, what are your little purposes?


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