Damn good question, Ms. Dice.
I'm a bit older than a lot of you, so I can offer a different perspective on the question. I've already been through college, shit jobs that don't pay, and relationships that are going nowhere. I have a good job in the field I love(Landscaping) that pays me well enough to be comfortable. I've been married for 12 years now, and have a 10 year old son.
What keeps me going everyday? For one, a cure for thishttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fibromyalgia, which I have been diagnosed with after years of going to doctors and getting no answers. FYI: It sucks.
On the more positive side, I am an avid(read:fanatical) gardener, and can't wait to get out there each day to see what's going on, and get my hands dirty. There is nothing I'd rather be doing.
I love doing things with my son. Like teaching him all about gardening(shocker!), and how to respect all living things. Seeing his eyes light up in delight over discovering a cool new bug, or figuring out a problem that stumped him, truly makes me happy. He's a damn good kid, and I am very proud of him.
My wife, who is truly my best friend, and can make me smile on the days when I really need to. A hug from her can make the pain go away, if only for a few seconds. Her determination and strength are beyond admiration, and I only wish I had half as much. Not to mention that she's a total geek(Vampires, horror movies, etc.), which makes it easy for her to understand my own obsessions.
Mushy stuff aside, the woman's got an ass that won't quit. And I get to see it everyday! Life is good.
; - )
Plus, I really DO look forward to certain new movies coming out, watching great shows like Dr. Who, etc.
and Mass Effect 3
; - )
Of all responses, I'm amazed and happy at how honest this one was, Grim.
I'm actually ashamed to say that my mum also suffers the same disease, no cure, and specialists and meds up the wa-zoo. Ashamed because I feel it's what's driving her and I apart at times. But I'm also happy to see that your life seems, generally, okay otherwise; good wife/best friend, and a wonderful boy (who I'm sure is just the sweetest thing and in a good home).
I'm generally quite anti-social, I'm good at it, but I generally prefer to be without company aside a few people. I'm happy to say I don't really feel lonely though, only at rare times. I think it's time I answer me own question; and it's my hobbies keep me going. My interests, my passions, my loves in this life. The fact that most can be done at home and without people make me happy. A job, a walk, a book, some time to draw, to cook, to create, to learn whatever. This forum has been great company, not only to my gaming interests, but the people here aren't complete retards. I love the internet for that in general, connecting odd hobbies, especially if the people who like them aren't exactly living close to each other.
Generally, I'm easy to please as well, so it doesn't take a lot to keep me going and to keep me happy.