I feel qualified to answer this question. Certainly as we grow and learn, our perspective changes, our understanding of ourselves and how the universe works around and through us develops a new dimension and depth of understanding. However being that I have well passed the 1/2 century mark I believe I can come to some conclusions with a fair degree of certainty.
I do know what does NOT motivate me – money, even poverty/starvation, power, being bullied and shamed/humiliated, raped, molested, shut-out, looked down upon, misjudged and misunderstood. A friend said to me, a long time ago, when confused as to why I wasn’t motivated when my father said to me, “you’ll never be able to do that”, she said, “If someone said that to me I would do everything in my power to prove them wrong, why don’t you.” It doesn’t motivate me. Just closes me down.
What then does motivate me to SPEAK UP, push-back, put myself in a vulnerable position, jeopardize myself and sap the life out of me – THE VIOLATION OF THE RIGHTS OF ALL LIVING THINGS (people, animals our planet). To get up and move, say something, stick my neck out it will be for someone besides myself.
No one ever thanks a martyr. I am worthy of being protected. I never have been, ever by anyone. But before I leave this planet there must be no question who I am and what I stand for. I am part of the human race! Thing must grow from inside of yourself. If you cannot see yourself worthy and valuable you cannot with all truth stand up for others. I have then learned that if you don’t stand up for yourself no one will. Even the Canadian Legal System will not from my experience. Truth and justice is not part of the legal system, therefore we are on our own. SPEAK UP FOR YOURSELF!