Musings on motivation

6898615547_e1aeafa154_zThe topic of motivation has been in my thoughts lately. I’ve been thinking about what my own motivations are. I recently came to the realization that a lot of things I do for others comes from a desire to please, something I’ve been working to rectify. But that isn’t the only thing that motivates me.

I originally began this blog after discovering I was a perfectly normal introvert. I wanted to connect with others and share my experiences. There’s also the cathartic aspect, a way to express the emotions I’m experiencing. But the thing that’s kept me writing for more than two years is the incredible community I discovered. I’m so grateful to be able to connect with so many of you. Every comment, like, and view is something I cherish. Whether you’ve been reading since the beginning, or starting today, thank you.

One of the biggest motivations for me, when it comes to personal relationships, is a desire for depth. I want to be able to discuss things like history, science, politics, religion, literature, etc. To dig deep, rather than skim the surface. Social media tells us we need lots of Twitter followers and Facebook friends in order to be successful and happy. I’d rather have a few close friends with whom I can converse about the deeper things of life. That’s far more rewarding to me.

In order to push myself in my workouts, I always need to have an end goal in mind. Last year, it was the Spartan Race that pushed me to train harder, eat healthier, drink more water, and go to bed on time. I knew the harder I worked during the year, the easier the race would be (and it was still far from easy). And once I started feeling the benefits of living a healthier life, I didn’t want to go back to the way things were before.

What motivates you?

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