Things on my mind and finding my Ikigai
Things on my mind and finding my Ikigai..Bit of a different post today guys. Feel free to skip if it isn’t your thing! 🙂
Hello people. So lately I have been doing a lot of thinking about my blog and what I want it to be. There are millions of food blogs out there right? So why another one? Truth be told, I always had the intention to use my blog to help people. I started the blog when I was in the depths of anxiety and depression. It was an outlet but i knew it could help people too. I shared a little of my anxiety story but didn’t really go into any real details about myself and my story. Honestly I didn’t feel it necessary to open up about the ‘traumas’ I had experienced and I still don’t feel the need to open up about those things. A small group of people are aware of what I have gone through and at this stage I feel like I have let those things go. Alhamdulillah.
By the way this small group of people include 3 people I have never met and I will forever be grateful to them for allowing me to open up about my experiences. Actually I have met one of them but I never actually told them who I was. Why am i so weird/awkward? New blog name alert.
Anyhow..I firmly believe that when you make an intention to do something (in this case, heal my past), you are somehow connected to people who are able to help you. So through prayer and the help of both strangers and family/friends I was able to heal my traumas and leave them in the past which I am so grateful for because it was something i thought i would never be able to do. In the same way that these people helped me, I was then able to extend help to people who contacted me after I wrote about my anxiety. So the blog was doing what I wanted it to do initially.
Then I got lost in the world of blogging and social media and lost my way a bit. Now i want to refocus and really hone in on my desire to help people.
I believe that finding your passion can help change the world. For example through creativity, you can help the world immediately – so someone like Siddiqa Juma inspires people all day, every day. Or you can help someone create a meal for a loved one by providing recipes online. You can also use your creativity to build a business and then use the money from that to advance the world e.g. help build women centres or orphanages or rehab centres or whatever really. So Superwoman aka Lily Singh used her skills to create entertainment and then as well as continuing that, she has gone on to support womens education projects.
I believe that everyone has a unique purpose and once they know what they like/are good at, they can use that to serve the world. I find that in a lot of communities, peoples purposes (oooh one more word and i would have been in alliteration heaven) are taken away from them and are dictated to them by way of ‘you should do this or that’..We were not all created to be the same and to fit one mould. Not sure if that is spelt correctly..I hope this mould isn’t the rotting type. Yet some ‘roles’ are valued more then others in our communities but as a general rule, as long as we are bringing value to those around us be that face to face or online, what does it matter what we do? You cannot force someone to be what they are not.
In Japan, millions of people have ikigai (pronounced Ick-ee-guy)— a reason to jump out of bed each morning. To do this for yourself, make lists or use a diagram like the one below.
The list should include:
what you love
what the world needs
things you are good at
what you can be paid for.
The cross section of the three lists is your ikigai.
P.s. I am unsure of the source of this image so if it yours, please feel free to let me know then punch me in the face.
I believe my ikigai is helping people to heal holistically using Naturopathy and the lessons I have learnt. I also believe that my ikigai is to help women to know that they can do anything.
So going forward, I will be sharing:
- Wellness and the natural route to healing
- Your temperament according to Unani Tibb – How to work with it to regain balance
- Healing Recipes and Herbs
- The business side of Food blogging, photography and styling
I hope you follow along with all that I will be sharing and I hope that it is useful to you!