Definition of ANTICIPATION
b : the act of looking forward; especially : pleasurable expectation
We all know the feeling of anticipation – when you are looking forward to something so much you can hardly stand it – good or bad; either one fits. Most of the time, though, we associate anticipation with something good, and I love that feeling! It’s the feeling when you have butterflies in your stomach, you can’t keep your mind on track, and you find yourself smiling unexpectedly throughout the day.
I love having something to look forward to, something to be excited about, something to dream of. The dynamic of it can change from day to day. One day, I may just be looking forward to the day being over with so I can go to bed. Another, I might be excited about getting ready to watch one of my daughters participate in one of their activities. A big one for me is my college graduation – it’s not nearly close enough yet, but I get butterflies every time I think about it!
Usually people associate the type of anticipation I am talking about with big events. I’m talking about the “can’t get it out of my mind, butterflies in my stomach” type of anticipation. They eagerly await the arrival of a special vacation, a job promotion, or something similar.
I tend to be a nervous-stomach type person, and I never really liked the butterflies in the tummy feeling because it was too similar to my nervousness. Now that I have come to identify that feeling with specific things, I love it! I embrace it wholeheartedly because I know that only good will result from whatever happens.
Now, when I feel the familiar fluttering start, I just grin because I know only good things are on my horizon!