What Keeps You Going?
Besides the obvious answers, like your children’s smiles, laughter, hugs, and “I love you’s,” what really keeps you going? Those things, along with the knowledge that you will have to pay for college tuition one day, will all make you keep pushing yourself harder and harder long after you probably should have quit or made some adjustments to your life.
Coffee. Coffee keeps me going. I’m not proud of it, but it’s that final nudge to get me out of bed in the morning. And no, it can’t be replaced by green tea, a huge glass of water, or anything else.
It’s what perks me up in the afternoon when I’m looking around at all the stuff I didn’t get done before lunchtime and allows me to knock a few more things off the list. And sometimes, when it’s 11:00 at night and I’m still trying to meet deadlines that are close to impossible, yep, coffee again.
For some people, it’s the promise of a good book or television show and a cup of tea or glass of wine at the end of the day, the promise of time to relax if they can just get through the day. My neighbors seem to look forward to relaxing on their back deck after the kids are in bed.
When I was younger, two goals kept me going: my next paycheck and summer (or on a larger scale, college graduation).
Is what keeps you going a long-term goal (or prize, like a long vacation), something special at the end of each day, or a quick-fix (like coffee or a hidden stash of dark chocolate) that catapults you through the expectations of the next few hours?
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