I read with interest an article by Dr. Sanjay Gupta about human longevity in Japan on the CNN website.
The main focus was on a word, and as so often happens in linguistics, also a concept:
Ikigai has been drawn in books and articles as the center of a Venn diagram in which your answers to these questions all overlap:
• What do you love?
• What are you good at?
• What can you be paid for?
• What does the world need?
When you find the answer that fits all four questions, that's your ikigai. Another way of defining your own ikigai is to simply ask yourself: Why do you get up in the morning? Or, what motivates you?
Like anyone here, I would love to have a productive life beyond the 70s. So the meaning of ikigai is very interesting and relevant.
Is there a better word or phrase or idiom that expresses the idea beyond..