【Why don't you?】自分探しはじめてみたらどう?Why Don't You... Go and Find Yourself?



Why don't you?
自分探しはじめてみたらどう?


Why Don't You... Go and Find Yourself?
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よく「自分探しの旅に出たって自分なんかみつかりっこない」
って、旅にでようとする若者を止める年寄りとかいるけど
自分探しは重要よ

今、社会という経済活動に参加している人達で、もしくは家庭を守ってるお母さん達の中で
自分探しとしたことないっていう人どのくらいいると思う?

わたしは正確な数値は知らないけど、ほとんどだと思うわよ
大学時代に自分探しの旅に出た子なんて学部に10人くらいじゃないの?

別に旅にでなくてもいいけど
自分探しは超大事

生まれてこの方、学校に会社と素晴らしくお膳立てができたこの国で、
自分が何がしたいのか?なんて考える機会はないわよね

小学生くらいには言うわよ
「そうか、○○君はサッカー選手になりたいのか。きっとなれるさ頑張れば」
みたいな適当な励ましの言葉かけるけど、
高校生にまでなって同じこと言ってる子供が
よっぽど実力が伴ってないかぎりは
「もっと現実的に稼げる方法を考えなさい」とか言うわよね。大人は。

あれおかしいわよね。
だから、わたしは小さい子供達にこの場で言いたいわ。
大人達が言う、なんでもなれるなんて嘘よ。
その言葉には全く責任がないんだから。
なりたいものがあるのなら、その職業に必要なスキルを今から磨きなさい。
嫌いな算数や体育はやめてもいいからそっちに全力注ぎなさい

まあとにかくね、なんとなくまわりに合わせて進学して、
時期がきたら無法地帯のいばらの経済活動に放り出されて

でも毎朝起きて会社にいけば飢え死せずにすむ
日頃の矛盾へのもやもやも金曜に仲間と飲めばなんとなく晴れる
合コンで出会ったなんとなく可愛いことなんとなくつき合う
なんてやってればね、無事に平和に生きていけるのよ
それが現代の日本

素晴らしいわよね。過去の時代に比べれば。
だけどこれだけ豊かで自由になった世の中なのに
多くの人間は「自分らしさ」も「自分がしたいこと」さえ分からないのよ

仮に彼らから突然仕事を取り上げてごらん
次の日から何をしたらいいか分からなくて
1日中、路頭に迷うわよ
(まあ不安で次の仕事を探すでしょうね)

まあそんな中でも、自分の才能を自分自身でみつけて
楽しそうにやってる人もいるわよね

そんな人を周りはラッキーとか偶然とかいうけどね
向き合ってんのよ、自分に
ただなんとなく流されてた流れを止めて
自分が生まれてきた意味を探してんのよ、ちゃんと

自分に向き合うのは簡単じゃないわよ
友達とバカ騒ぎしてるほうがよっぽど楽よ

でもね、自分らしく生きたいなら、使命があると思ってるなら
今の流れを止めて、自分探しはじめてみたらどう?


Self-discovery is important, but when young people say that they want to go and find themselves, they are often stopped by the older generation who say things like "nobody ever finds themselves on a vacation".

How many of the people contributing to the economic activity known as society today, or mothers working to protect their families do you think have been on a journey of self-discovery?

Now, I don't know the exact number but I think most of them probably have.
But weren't there only about ten people who did that in your entire school?

That may be, but it isn't so much the actual travel that counts, what matters is the self-discovery.

At school, we don't get much of a chance to think about our place in the world, or what we really want to do in life.

I mean, sure we encourage our young children by saying things like "...so you want to be a pro football player? Well, you can do anything if you put your mind to it", but unless they show some real aptitude, by the time they reach high school that changes to "you better think of a more realistic way to pay your way".

This seems a bit strange to me, and I want to tell all those young children right here that grown-ups are lying when they say these things. This is irresponsible and if we really want to do something, we have to polish our skills in the relevant area, forget about the subjects we don't like such as physical education or math and focus on our true purpose.

Of course, we have to go with the flow to some extent; graduate, and at some point get tangled up in the pandemonium of the economy.

But as long as we wake up every day and go to our jobs, we can survive. The reality of modern Japan is that if we can get over the everyday tribulations by drinking with our buddies at the weekend and find a girl cute enough to date, we can live in peace. Wonderful isn't it, when compared to the olden days.
Even still, the majority of people in this affluent society don't know "who they are" or "what they want to do".

Think about what these people would do if they suddenly lost their job: they would probably spend the whole day confused and most likely worriedly searching for a new job.

Of course, there are people who have found themselves through their abilities and are living comfortably on the back of that.

Instead of thinking of these people as lucky, or that it just happened by coincidence, we ought to take a good look at ourselves. Stop just going along with everything and think about what we were born to do.

Now, its not easy to do this - much easier to just have fun with your friends - but if you truly want to live your own life, how about you stop just going along with things and go and find yourself?

MAHO JULIA TAKAISHI

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