What Sustains You as a Monk? - Ajahn Dhammasiha
Ajahn Dhammasiha is asked what has sustained him to stay as a monk for 25 years. He explains that in his twenties he had a profound sense of the ultimately disappointing and meaningless nature of normal lay life. This insight motivated him to search for a better spiritual alternative, even though he was young and 'enjoying himself' (according to average worldly standards) as a student in the very exiting city Berlin around the time of German re-unification.
The Bhikkhu's life, on the other hand, provides a clear goal and purpose, i.e. Nibbāna, which is infinitely superior to anything the world has to offer. And even if a monk does not succeed in attaining Nibbāna in this life, one makes heaps of good karma for an excellent rebirth, and lives a beautiful, reflective life in quiet nature.