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“Keep searching and trying. Till it finds you…

I have been keeping that « uniform » of mine for 10 years. You know the MSF T-shirt, the kaki pants and the Dr. Martens… I would move across continents and take them with me, even if my job didn’t require them. That was some clutter that I couldn’t let go. They represented my 生き甲斐 ikigai: my purpose for living, my reason for being and why I would get up in the morning. I was telling myself: « No matter how hard, how obscure this path gets, just keep exploring. Don’t give up. Keep searching and trying. Till it finds you. »
Your ikigai might change over time, and it’s okay. One day, all your detours, your moments of immense solitude, your soul searching will make sense. Let life unfold for you, one step, one day at a time. 加油!
Photo: courtesy of Jungsil Song.
MSF logistics team in Aweil, South Sudan 🇸🇸.

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Cultural & Ethnical, Photography, Projects, Stories

生き甲斐 : Ikigai

Ikigai is a Japanese concept that means “a reason for being”, “the reason to live”, your raison d’être.

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Morning mist. Mountains of Anhui, China.

In the culture of Okinawa, Ikigai is thought of as “your reason to wake up in the morning”, your reason to enjoy life.

So, have you found your Ikigai? What makes you get up in the morning?

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Life, Quotes

“If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.”

– Fred Rogers

“If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet…

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Books, Life, Quotes

“One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. In stopping to think through the meaning of what I have learned, there is much I believe intensely, much I am unsure of. But this, at least, I believe with all my heart: In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt, We Learn By Living.

“One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes…

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