Hey you, my friend… I was wondering, what motivates you?
Last week I was running (again, yes! My glutes are well strengthened and my hips aren’t screaming or embarrassing). It was that beautiful time of day, pounding along the rocky shoreline with a splash of orange in the sky, taking its last gasp for the day. The wind was beautifully blowing my hair and any beads of sweat were glistening and I was glowing (or so I kept telling myself), and thoughts crept into my head as they tend to do.
I was thinking ‘What motivates you NJ? What makes me wake up in the morning and smile?’ It didn’t take long for my mind to start yelling answers back. Since I’m bloody lucky to actually be here, thank you Mr T, that in itself is great encouragement; knowing that I’m alive. I’m also inspired to do my best, to be my best, to live my best by Mr T. Even though I’m officially a widow, I still want to make my husband proud and live for the both of us. That doesn’t mean that I have discounted my personal goals, it just gives me extra drive to succeed, and it’s just nice to know that he’d get a kick out of it, too.
One of my greatest achievements at the moment is my fitness levels and that keeps me wanting to do more. While I play sports, while I run, while I climb; I push myself to do the best that I can and knowing that I have the ability to do so. And just recently, my motivation to stick to my goals is through the loss of my fitness buddy last week. Climbing The Mount a ridiculous amount of times in succession from now on will be bittersweet, and knowing that he’s not there to join in will make me work even harder.
Other things that keep me going are:
My family, my friends, my goals, my bucket list, travel, music, life, hilarious youtube videos, and the want to be a better person.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
So my dear friend, I’d love to know… what motivates you?