When we are young and dynamic we all might have a little bit of left over childhood nature which is being honest to oneself, if we are aware of that nature early enough we can take that flame going on in you even after well into your adulthood. If you happened to be that way, the fire in you kindles intuitively always to be the best who you are to project onto the outside even if it brings hardship in your life. People who voluntarily go through hardship are the one who experiment his own self, I suppose. For instance, so many activists and social workers fall into that category. Why an activist who constantly goes through all kind of troubles without even expecting anything in return? What makes them to adhere with that kind of life?
To be on that path with that kind of determination one has to be so strong with a belief system whatever it is to his core. Otherwise, a small hardship can make that individual to put his tail between his legs and turn around and run for his life. So, then, what makes them so strong and face the life they choose to be on? I think, two factors could play a crucial part in it.
A) The individual might have recognized his strong passion and bring it forth to his awareness which in turn it gives him a sense of fullness for his existence.
B) On the other hand, out of social compulsion by observing around him as to what is going on and what needs to be done to play as a responsible citizenry.
With these identified ideals the one who wants to serve for the humanity initiate him/herself into the public service. Again it takes ones unshakable faith in whatever he believes in since what all he goes to face sheer disappointment and discouragement at least in the earlier ventures. As he prepares to cling on to the task, as time passes by he learns to cruise around in spite of all those hardships on his way, yet live in complete fullness.
To me the very life itself is like pre-written script and it is re-played over and over with same scene and the nature of stories yet with varying faces. Therefore, the bigger the challenge you have undertaken to experiment the greater the learning possibilities. No matter what, if you are involved in less attractive and more trouble some business like this, we can presume that we are trying to play God’s game a bit. God’s game as we all know, less lucrative economically and socially yet uplifting emotionally. However, what we get out of pursuing that thirst, well, we are making little closer to realizing our own true existence and its purpose. The reward of being truthful to oneself.