While I was browsing the New Words list I keep in my journal, I discovered an odd thing: Out of the eleven new words I've added so far in 2021, seven of them are Japanese words.
I've already shared two wondrous words from Japanese with you this year.
I feel compelled to share two more.
Even when I was in first grade, it was apparent to everyone that my happy place was in a library, with a book.
My kaika had already begun to take root and bloom. I'm the child sitting in the chair.
kaika. 開化. (kuh eye ee kuh). A moment when something begins to bloom within us, setting aside other people's demands to make room for our passion, allowing the reason we feel we were put on earth to begin to blossom.
ikigai. 生き甲斐. (itchy guy ee). Discovering something we become passionate about and which also comes easy to us and which gives us purpose for living.
Wow. Imagine if every person could experience a moment of kaika and find his/her ikigai. What a different world we would have.
Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered, or spotlight words you love. Feel free to get creative! It was first created by Kathy over at Bermuda Onion and is now hosted at Elza Reads.