My Week In A Word: Excitement

This entry is part 22 of 26 in the series My Week In A Word

This week has been a loooong one! Not because it’s been particularly laborious or stressful. But because I have been waiting for the weekend to start. Most people who work a 9-5 will know how I feel, especially when that weekend is the start of a week off. Every day seems to drag.

When we are children, time seems to be like this all the time. Particularly in the run up to a birthday or Christmas. As we get older, however, time speeds up and it is rare we experience this time-slowing anticipation and excitement. 

We all know that one person who doesn't seem to enjoy anything.

Too Old For Fun.

This made me think about excitement and anticipation. As adults, so much of what we do is something we HAVE to do as opposed to something we WANT to do, we forget what it is to be excited. I even got to a point a few years ago when I felt embarrassed if I accidentally showed i was excited about something. It felt like I wasn’t allowed to have those feelings.

I don’t think I am alone in feeling this way either. This weekend we have been away for Mike’s hobby. I asked him if he was excited and he said ‘Yeah, I suppose’. It was obvious he was but he wasn’t comfortable showing it. WHY?

Allergic to Anticipation?

Why is it that we don’t take the time to enjoy the anticipation of doing something we enjoy or let ourselves get excited about an event? What are we worried is going to happen? Anyone would think that we would be shunned from society for showing any extreme emotions!

I have recently been allowing myself to show these emotions and I know I feel better for it. I also strongly believe that these feelings are infectious. When I open up and tell him I’m excited about the run up to my birthday or this week off, I have actually seen Mike become more bouncy and happy himself. 

Cynical Sallys

We all know that one person who doesn’t seem to enjoy anything. In fact, they appear to flourish most when life isn’t go their way. To these people I always ask why they won’t let themselves get excited or enjoy the anticipation about an upcoming event. Normally they don’t have a good answer for me. This is why I am so convinced this perceived embarrassment about being excited is a result of the culture we are being subjected to as adults. It’s almost as if we tell ourselves not to get our hopes up and make sure we are prepared for the worst. I am the biggest culprit of thinking about contingency plans which are not necessary. 

Enjoying The Hype

Now the week is over and the fun is about to start, I will try to remember to enjoy the moment. I have already said I sometimes enjoy the run up more than the actual event. Excitement is there because you are looking forward to having fun. So I will endeavour to enjoy every minute of my week off. I want that excitement to be worth it!

from me x
from me x
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