WHY Find Your ikigai

Barbara Bray
4 min readAug 30, 2020

“Our ikigai is different for all of us, but one thing we have in
common is that we are all searching for meaning.”
Hector Garcia Puigcerver

When I first learned about ikigai around ten years ago, I was in a deep conversation about the meaning of life with a group of interesting people at an international conference. We were discussing how cultures look at aging and life from different perspectives. Someone mentioned ikigai as the Japanese concept of “a reason for being.” When they said that there was no word for “retirement” in Japan, I wanted to learn more. I decided to research some of…

Barbara Bray

Story Weaver ~ Fostering curiosity, wonder & joy ~ author 3 books, speaker, disruptor & podcast host ~ author “Define Your WHY” stories about living on purpose