Our motivations for doing something can either nudge us to keep going through tumult and friction, or provide us with an excuse to give up for any reason or no reason.
Money is a prime motivation for how many of us spend much our time in the modern, capitalism-predicated world, but there’s plenty of life beyond what we do to pay the bills, and a sturdy motivational structure underpinning those non-bill-paying efforts can mean the difference between liking the idea of doing something and actually doing it (and in the way and at the scale we aspire to do it).
If I want to learn to paint, for instance, there’s a chance I harbor this ambition because I desire the ability to express myself across more visual mediums, which will help me be better understood and allow me to share something internal that I’d like make external.
It may also just bring me untold joy to create physical objects of beauty.
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