wow, this thread is totally awesome. i highly suggest reading through all the previous entries. you will feel upbeat and positive. so many good people on this forum.
what first motivated me to lift was when i helped a guy at work and he shook my hand in appreciation. he crushed my hand with his grip. he wasn't purposely trying to do this, just giving a normal, firm handshake. the guy was shorter than me and skinny (even his forearms), yet he was so much stronger than me. i never saw the guy again, but somehow i became fixated on this over the next few days. it was a period when i became aware of how truly weak and pathetic i was, and i wanted to be the kind of man i could respect.