What I Want to Tell Those of You Who are Looking for a Place to Belong


Among the many misfortunes that can occur in life, not being able to find your place is a big one. 

Not being able to find a place that suits you and staying in a place that does not suit you is both a misfortune and a tragedy in life. 

I now make my living as a writer, which suits me well, but I used to change jobs frequently. 

At one time I was a trading company man in Tokyo, at another time I was an engineer for a major cell phone company, and at another time I was sweating it out in my father’s business in the construction field. 

I experienced many different jobs, but I always felt uncomfortable. 

I had the feeling that I was doing a job that wasn’t right for me, but I didn’t know what was right for me. 

I often thought, “This job is not for me. Isn’t there somewhere better suited to me?” 

But I had no idea where I could find a suitable place for me, so I went from one place to another in search of it. 

I was like Tyltyl and Mytyl exploring many different worlds in search of the blue bird of happiness. 

When I was a businessman, my boss must have noticed that I was feeling uncomfortable while working. 

One day at a drinking party, when I told him I was reading a philosophy book, he lectured me, saying, “That’s useless for making a living. You need to concentrate on your work to survive.” 

I guess he wanted to say that I could never be a thinker or send my thoughts to the world and make a living by it, so I should be enthusiastic and concentrate on my work. 

Indeed, it is plausible that you must work diligently because slacking off will make you a goldbricker. 

However, I still think that this workplace for an ordinary office worker was not the place for me. 

Of course, there are some people who are comfortable in that kind of work, but in my case, it was not where I belonged. 

Also, my reading of philosophy and other books has been of great help to me in writing my thoughts to you now. 

Now I have found my place, and I make a living by doing what my bosses once told me I couldn’t do: sending my opinions to the world. 

I live happily now. But I went through a long period of twists and turns. 

Therefore, I understand the pain of not being able to find your place and being in an environment where you feel uncomfortable. 

Perhaps some of you reading this article have yet to find your place. 

Some people never find it in life and regret it when they die. 

In order to find your place and move there, it is important to keep making an effort. 

In my case, when everyone else was drunk and stoned, I was reading a lot of philosophy books. 

When I started my blog, I never thought of making a living from it, but only wanted to share the truth with as many people as possible. 

I have continued to do so steadily and steadily, and as a result, I am where I am today. 

People usually take an easier road. 

But if you think, “I don’t belong here, there must be a better place for me,” then you must be worthy of standing in that place. 

If you keep making an earnest effort to get to the right place for you, you will eventually be led there. 

Until then, you should improve yourself so that you can be worthy of being there. 

Translated by Kyoko.u