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Thursday, 27 March 2014

On Journal Day #06

"Everyone has different things that keep them going. Sometimes it's the people around us, other times it might be what's waiting for us on the other side of hard work. Whatever it may be, there's usually some sort of motivation to get up every day, get things done, or maybe even go the extra mile. With that said, what would you say is your biggest motivation in life? Has is always been this way?"

From here

This was a tough one to decide on for me, especially because I find that the motivation I feel and what it is can so easily vary from day to day. Some days I wake up and don't feel like there's much at all. For instance, if it's a weekend and I have plans to go out with my friends or Harry or family, I'll usually wake up with a big smile on my face, knowing that I'm going out and that will be my motivation to get up on that day. On other days, possibly harder ones when I'm getting up for a long day of school, my motivation tends to be more that I know I'll learn on that day. And that by learning I'm a step closer to getting to where I want to be, even though on some days I'm not completely sure where that is.

In a way I think that that's a bit sad, that we tend to be striving to get somewhere. I mean, of course, it shows ambition, which I think is essential for achievement. But sometimes I think it can distract us from living in the now because, from my experience, people's motivation tends to be because of something they're striving for that might be a long way off, instead of appreciating the now. Having said that, I don't know where I'd be without my goals because they really do help me to know that sometimes, when things are crappy, they just might be better in the future. 

Some days my motivation is the people around me, those that inspire me. My friend Mackinlay soldiering on with her head held high every day, even though things are hardly ever easy for her. My mum leaving for work to do a career she loves because she was brave enough to go back to college ten years ago, and still managing to provide for me and my Gran whilst being a single mum. All my other friends for making me laugh and never failing to be there for me when I need them. Harry for making every day better than it would be otherwise. All these people inspire me, they become my motivation to get out of bed and be the best person I can be. They remind me that not only do they deserve me to be that, but I also owe it to myself a little bit.

I think that, ultimately, my motivation comes from the things that make me feel truly alive; laughing, smiling, learning, experiencing new things, knowing that there are second chances, that I can learn from failure, trusting in people and having them trust in me, the list could go on and on. But those are the things that are most motivating for me in my life because they make me want to get out of bed and get ready for the day, knowing that it might bring all or some of those great things. 

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