Today’s prompt for #BEDM (Blog Every Day in May) is motivation, so I had a little think about what motivates me. Hubby said it’s excitement but I’m not sure that’s the right word.
What I do know is that I have a pretty low boredom threshold. I need to feel challenged. I want to make some kind of analogy here about flowing water versus a stagnant pond but I can’t think of anything vaguely intelligent to say at this time on a Friday night! Basically, I don’t want my life to be stagnant.
I like change, but only if it’s on my own terms. I’m a self-confessed control freak. I think that if nothing is changing I start to feel stagnant. This is probably why I’m in my 9th job since I left uni at the end of 2005. That’s 9 jobs in less than 9 years! After a while, I start to get itchy feet and what to move on. Unfortunately, the grass isn’t always greener and I’ve made a few crap choices, which is another reason why I’ve had so many jobs! The thing is, how are you supposed to know if you’ve found the right one?
Something to look forward to
Part of being a control freak is the need to plan everything in minute detail. But the best thing about being in control is that you can change your plans. I used to have a list of what I wanted to achieve before I turn 30. That list has gone out of the window because life just doesn’t work like that. I thought I was going to meet my husband at university and have a house and 2 kids by now. Instead, I dropped out of university and went travelling. I met hubby at 25 but it turns out weddings are pretty damn expensive and a spell of unemployment completely at the wrong time means that the house and kids are on hold for now.
After all this, I still have to make plans. Because I need to have something to look forward to. It’s this anticipation that motivates me. Whether it’s a holiday, a day out, or the house we could possibly have in the future. It doesn’t matter.
I seem to thrive off of new, challenging environments. Whether it’s starting a new job or jumping on a plane on my own to the other side of the world, I love the excitement of the newness of it all. I think this is why I feel such a pull towards travel.
“Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get” ―W.P. Kinsella
I think a lot of people are motivated by success. It’s not that I don’t want to be successful but I’d rather be happy.
Sorry, this post has turned into more of a stream of consciousness than a coherent article about motivation! To sum up, what motivates me is a challenge, a plan and the unknown. How contradictory?! Oh dear…(Note to self, don’t try to write meaningful blog posts when knackered!)
What motivates you?