My favourite book

There is something about reading my favourite book over and over and over again that grounds me. I first read this in middle school as part of a project to get kids to read more. I fell in love with the girl and her story of love and loss. There’s one quote that reads “That’s what it’s all about–knowing what you have to lose, but risking the loss anyway” that hits the heart every time. The choices we make in life send ripples through our lives, sometimes undetected. These ripples turn into the waves and we chose to either 1) paddle out through the breakwater and the ride the waves risking it all or 2) stay on the inside which is the area of whitewater where the waves have broken. It’s comfortable there but you may not either experience life. Through paddling out and taking a few hits, leaving the comfort zone, you see your dreams. Dreams are only ever limited by your mind and the constraints you build. We are all living stories waiting to be read, so don’t limit your story because of the restraints you feel you should impose or others impose on you through guilt amongst other things. Risk it all when you feel that your wants and desires have changed and what once was a dream has since built the constraints of your life that you adhere to. Stop and think of those walls are too high or life too comfortable. Life is inevitable ever-changing so it is only natural for our dreams and desires to change with life. And when you decide change is possible, you weigh up your options, stay in the break water or paddle out knowing it could all go wrong. Never apologise for wearing a wholehearted smile or experiencing a good feeling. Those moments are make life worth living, the moments that made you risk it all because that feeling is worth chasing. Worth risking it all knowing it could be your biggest mistake or your greatest decision. #saygoodnightgracie

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Author: Ivy iris

This is my story of finding my ikigai. Ikigai (生き甲斐, pronounced [ee-ki-ɡU]) is a Japanese concept meaning "a reason for being". According to the Japanese, everyone has a hidden ikigai. Finding it requires a deep and often lengthy search of self. Such a search is regarded as very important, since it is believed that discovery of one’s ikigai brings satisfaction and meaning to life.

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