Daily prompt #8: What motivates you?

What motivates you?

I have ADHD and autism, which means I either have no motivation at all, motivation to do everything but useful stuff, or get into hyperfocus. I have ADHD meds, that can help me direct that hyperfocus onto the right things.

But my personal projects, are usually easier to motivate for if I know they’ll be read, used or otherwise consumed by others. I don’t know, guess my inner people pleaser can in fact motivate me.

As a kid I left psychologists dazzled all the time, as it was impossible to motivate me with the stuff other people would be motivater by. It didn’t help to give me things like candy or computer time if I did my math assignments, nor did it help to punish me if I didn’t. I relativized everything away, so it didn’t really matter anyways, and motivation was just so hard to obtain… unless I knew my purpose, and how to achieve my goal.

As for the math assignments, when I was 14 I was diagnosed with Dyscalculia. Yeah.


An 18-year-old Dutch student in social work, music enjoyer, addict to creativity, writer and more.

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