"Our 生き甲斐 (ikigai) is different for all of us, but one thing we have in common is that we are all searching for meaning. When we spend our days feeling connected to what is meaningful to us, we live more fully; when we lose the connection, we feel despair."
-Ikigai, Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles
During those 3-4 days, I felt really lazy which put me into a slump. Even though I've talked to many other people who've had food poisoning at Tiger Muay Thai; they all said they were out for about a week. Those days were not a complete waste. I did study a bit more Thai, edited next Monday's video, started freelancing online as a video editor, and watched too much Youtube. Now, I'm back to training.
Finding my Ikigai ~ 生き甲斐
I remember playing video games in Shanghai, China with friends from Missouri. Just like I had done every day since I had arrived in that foreign country. My friends all logged off, heading to bed while for me it was only noon. Which left me there with my thoughts. Staring at my character on the screen I thought, "I could learn how to do this stuff".
It was such a simple thought, but I ended up finding the Kung Fu and MMA gym to train at. Ever since then, I've been chasing this... "dream life" that has formed in my mind.
They say your ikigai is simply the reason that you get up in the morning. The passion that makes you happy. The thing that gives you meaning in life. When I think back to that day where "something changed", I believe that was when I discovered my passion. Maling was a wonderful experience for me. For two years, this plan to train, travel, and learn was what motivated me to get up in the morning.
Now that I'm here, the one thought that has replayed in my head is, "I'm content with what I'm doing".
The first month of my Thailand journey is almost over. I haven't explored as much as I wanted to, haven't found a Thai language school, and haven't trained as much as I wanted. To be honest, part of me thought that getting to Thailand would just be the end. Roll credits. Create a new character.
Guess I better start doing stuff.
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